VIDEO: Marty McFly style auto-tie laces
Pocket-lint loves, and we mean loves, Back to The Future. That's why we weren't suckered into the rumours going around that yesterday, 6 July, was the date that Marty and Doc travelled to in Back to The Future II.
No, we know our BTTF, so we know the date is actually 21 October 2015 - so the real "Future" date is over 5 years away yet. And by then we fully expect to see hoverboards, holygraphic cinemas and flying cars.
But one invention that has already come into being from the film are Marty's self-tying Nike trainers. Alright, they're not the exact style but there's no arguing that they aren't pretty cool. (And pretty crap at the same time though, due to the ruddy great motor stuck on the back).
Designer Blake Bevi explains:
"Operation is quite simple - step into the shoe and a force sensor reads the pressure of your foot and activates two servo motors, which apply tension to the laces, tightening the shoe. A touch switch reverses the servos.
"This project is less 'Practical' than 'Proof of Concept', but hopefully it'll tide you over until Nike comes out with something more polished".
Indeed, now someone hurry up and invent a self-drying jacket. We're getting cold sitting here in our damp clothes.