Nike Adapt BB

A self-lacing, app-controlled smart sneaker.


Battery505 mAh
Wireless charging
Gyroscope3 axis
Weight450 g (size 9)
Price350 $


Nike Adapt is a platform that creates a custom fit by combining a power-lacing system and an app in the Nike Adapt BB basketball shoe.

When a user steps into the Nike Adapt BB, a custom motor and gear train senses the tension needed by the foot and adjusts accordingly to keep the foot snug. The tensile strength of the underfoot lacing is able to pull 32 pounds of force (roughly equal to that of a standard parachute cord) to secure the foot throughout a range of movement.

By manual touch or by using the Nike Adapt app on a smartphone, a user can input different fit settings depending on different moments of a game. For example, during a timeout, a player can loosen the shoe before tightening it up as they re-enter the game. In a forthcoming feature, they can prescribe a different tightness setting for warm-ups. Players can opt in to firmware updates for the FitAdapt technology as they become available, sharpening the precision of fit for players and providing new digital services over time.

Under the insole and tucked into a cavity is the 40- by 50-millimeter casing which contains most part of the tech. There's a three-axis gyroscope and an accelerometer to match; a capacitive copper layer to register foot force; a Bluetooth sensor; a 505-mAh battery that can last between 10 and 20 days and charge wirelessly (just put your shoes on a plugged-in Qi-compatible charging mat and they'll be ready in three hours); and the motor, capable of exerting 240 newton-meters of force—enough to lift a 30-pound weight, and more than enough to tighten the sneaker all the way to tourniquet territory. The lacing engine is completely sealed and water- and dust-proof.

The Nike app called Adapt, pairs with the lacing engine via Bluetooth and lets the user adjust the left and right sneakers independently. It comes with three presets—Warm Up, Game, and Street. The app also monitors the shoe's battery life and lets you select from 14 colors for the midsole buttons to glow.

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