Nike introduces the Adapt BB as first self lacing basketball shoes with smartphones app control

Nike has officially introduced its first
self-lacing basketball shoes the adapt BB these new sneakers are designed to
provide a truly customized fit for every basketball player thanks to a power
lacing system called fit adapt that can be adjusted manually or with a
smartphone app this sportswear giant says that over the course of a
basketball game the players foot can expand almost a half size which can
affect their comfort level and ultimately have an impact on their
movement and performance on the court that’s the problem Nike is looking to
solve with adapt bebe the adapt BB is essentially a step up from fly wire and
flying it to fabric based technologies that were created to offer individuals
the feeling of a custom fit in sneakers and apparel the highlight of adapt which
Nike is calling its most advanced fit solution to date is that you can control
its power laces manually via physical buttons on the shoes or a companion app
on your phone when you put on the adapt BB the built-in custom motor with trained ear senses the tension needed by your feet and adjusts itself accordingly
to keep each foot snug in the shoes Nike says it’s new lacing system can create
32 pounds of force about the same energy needed to pull a standard parachute cord
allowing it to stay locked in through any range of movement from a player
naturally all of this tech requires power so you’re going to have to charge
the adapt bb’s eventually according to Nike the shoes can last up to 14 days on
a full charge it takes about three hours to get to that point after you place
them on a key wireless charging mat that comes with every pair with a companion
adapt mobile application players are able to input different fit settings
over the course of a game as well as check the sneakers battery and change
their LED colors the other benefit to having wireless connectivity in the
adapt BB is that it will support firmware updates which means it is
expected to get extra features and improvements down the road
for instance Nike says it’s working on a way to give NBA players different
tightness settings for warmups and they’ll be able to opt into these
updates to get them as they become available the goal with those
customization options is to sharpen the precision fit of the adapt BB for
athletes along with giving them access to more digital services over time a
good example of this is save your fit which will let players use the app to
lock in their preferred settings for the power laces and if that doesn’t work out
for them then they can always adjust their power laces at their own
discretion via manual touch it’s good to have alternatives of course the adapt BB
wouldn’t have been possible without the hyperadapt 1.0 from 2016 that shoe was
more of a multi-purpose model but it showed Nike was capable of making a
self-lacing shoes for consumers Nike says adapt for basketball is just the
start as it plans to bring the technology through more sports in the
near future for now if you want to get a pair for yourself
the adapt BBS are set to arrive at the beginning of February

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