We are gradually getting used to the emergence of technologies that until recently were mentioned only in science fiction novels and films. A typical example is the hoverboards from the "Back to the Future" trilogy, which have turned into real prototypes that move due to magnetic levitation.
But if the implementation of this technology is far from being able and affordable for everyone, then it is quite possible to recreate something similar to Martin McFly's self-lacing sneakers.
Back in 2010, inventor Blake Blevin decided to recreate the self-tying lace technology and even presented it in a DIY Instructables competition. Much to Blake's surprise, the lesson on creating a "raw" prototype went viral and went viral on the Internet.
According to Blevin, after that, she began to receive messages from people with reduced mobility, which inspired her to launch a Kickstarter project to raise funds for the purchase of equipment and organize the production of self-lacing shoes. At the moment, the project has been successfully funded, Blake and his team are fully ready to send the first test samples of Power Laces to customers.
The first version of Power Lace. Servos are still outside
The lacing scheme uses an Arduino mini-computer and a special sensor that monitors the force of the heel pressure. Step on your heel for the lace-tightening mechanism to work. The sensor through the Arduino will activate the servomotors, which will tighten the laces.
At first, we can only talk about small batches at a price of about $ 250 per pair. But, perhaps, the most important thing is that everyone can make self-lacing shoes, if they wish, using the instructions developed by its creator five years ago.