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July 5, 2010 AT 3:44 pm

Power Laces- the Auto lacing shoe – Made with Adafruit Motorshield and other gear!

Power Laces- the Auto lacing shoe check the credits at the end, yay!

Why wait until 2015? Inspired by ‘Back to The Future II’, this project is less ‘Practical’ than ‘Proof of Concept’, but hopefully it’ll tide you over until Nike comes out with something more polished. This was also the first time I worked with an Arduino microcontroller, and I wanted to get some experience with the little guy. 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. Due to budget constraints, I only modified one shoe. Where did I put that darn sports almanac?!

Motor shield // The kit from adafruit.com works great, and allows control of multiple types of motors
Force sensor // Also got this from adafruit.com
Servo Motors   // again, also from adafruit.com.  Gotta save on that shipping whenever you can!


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