Need Help Getting Your Shoes on and Off? Nike May have the Answer
A new pair of shoes is being invented by Nike, ones with tiny conveyor belts built into the sole.
Although it seems like a miniature treadmill would be connected to exercise, a patent demonstrates a person sliding their foot in/out of the shoe, showing how the new invention is aimed at helping people get their shoes on and off.
The patent states that the rotatable conveyor element is configured to rotatably engage a body part of the wearer as the foot enters the space and draws the foot into the space.
Of course, one possible nuisance would be needing to charge your shoes by plugging them into a power source. However, it appears that Nike has already realized this and intends to produce power through kinetic energy, like a piezoelectric (pressure and latent heat) generator or other suitable power generation mechanism.
This is not the first time Nike has been innovative when it comes to shoes. Two years ago, to celebrate the Back to the Future franchise, the company designed the self-lacing shoes from the second movie. The Air Mag shoes can still be purchased online second-hand, although you’ll likely pay a hefty price. Nike even got Michael J Fox to wear them.
In addition, NBA superstar Paul George teamed up with Sony to create the Nike PG-2 PlayStation Colorway, earlier this year. The basketball shoes sported colours from the PlayStation control buttons (green, blue, pink, red) and a button on the shoe’s tongue even lights up like a PlayStation 4 controller.
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