Nike Files Patent for Self-Lacing Sneakers, [Insert Back to the Future II Reference]

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The sneakerheads at Nice Kicks have dug up a patent filed by Nike for “An article of footwear with a lighting system … The lighting system includes three lighting devices disposed on the article of footwear. The lighting system is also associated with an automatic fastening system.”

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Now, the second coming of L.A. Lights may not be particularly exciting, but that automatic fastening system … well, it’s impossible to mention without mentioning Back to the Future II, so: Yeah, in Back to the Future II, Marty McFly had a pair of self-lacing Nike sneakers that were pretty cool, and so geeks are getting very excited about this Nike patent application.

As Engadget points out, “few patent apps ever lead to a real retail product,” but you can salivate anyway:

(Nice Kicks via Engadget)


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