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Too tired to untie your shoelaces? Siri will do it for you

Nike launched Adapt Huaraches with self-lacing motor that can be controlled using Siri.

, ET Bureau|
Sep 03, 2019, 06.54 PM IST
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Nike Adapt Huaraches's two modes are dependent on foot type.​
Nike Adapt Huaraches's two modes are dependent on foot type.
Fence sitters, dragging their feet over whether to jump on the smart wearables bandwagon, have a new reason to shed their inhibitions. Nike announced the latest iteration of its Adapt Huaraches, with the standout feature being a self-lacing motor that can be controlled using Siri, Apple’s digital voice assistant.

Users who have paired their Apple devices with their Nike Adapt Huaraches can control their pressure on their toes by voice commands such as, “Siri, unlace my shoes,” or “Siri, get me ready for a run”. The motor on the smart shoes can be controlled through the Nike Adapt app on Apple Watch of iPhone.

The new sneakers from the Nike stable feature the same neoprene supportive exoskeleton that did duty on the original 1991 Air Huaraches, lending continuity to the brand, while accommodating technological advances. The latest edition of the iconic sneakers will include two LED lights that are capable of changing colours if users tinker with the settings on the app.

The two modes are dependent on foot type. The preset modes are ‘Chill’ and ‘Move,’ causing the sole and body of the shoe to adapt to everyday situations such as working out in the gym, reclining in a chair at office, or standing in a metro coach during one’s daily commute.
​Users who have paired their Apple devices with Nike Adapt Huaraches can control the pressure on toes​.
Users who have paired their Apple devices with Nike Adapt Huaraches can control the pressure on toes.

Nike has partnered with Apple to help users set Siri Shortcuts tailored to the “individual’s most employed features of the shoe”. However, unlike other smart wearables, the scope of customising footwear to adapt to users’ comfort and appearance preferences is limited.

The Adapt Huaraches, which will be something of a novelty in a saturated footwear market, will be released on September on the Nike SNKRS app, and also through select retailers. While the price will be revealed only at the time of the launch, it is estimated to be in the same ballpark as the self-lacing, Bluetooth-enabled Adapt BB shoes that are retailing for USD 350 on the Nike web store.

The 2019 model Adapt BBs encountered a few teething problems when it was released earlier this year. A patchy Android update resulted in issues when pairing, causing the sneakers unable to expand or contract when worn. The iOS app also encountered minor glitches vis-à-vis voice controls. Siri had trouble identifying the accents of non-native speakers, sometimes resulting in it telling you the time when you ask it to untie the lace of your sneakers.


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