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September 9, 2011 AT 7:24 pm

Specs on the NIKE MAG (Back to the Future) shoes… power, charging, etc?

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It looks like there is a split-end dual plug charger included with the shoes, so we think there’s likely a small lithium polymer battery with a charger built in to each shoe. The tip is usually for a 5v source, but we’ll see what it is later.

There are 12 LEDs and 2 EL panels (possibly 3, but likely 2 per shoe). The auctions are well over $4k so we don’t think we’ll see an iFixit style teardown to figure out what NIKE put together for the electronics, so for now – we’re just going to guess.

Electronics in shoes is tricky, we’re working on a fun project around this, stay tuned 🙂


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6 Comments

  1. I’m sure Nike did not include the power laces feature.
    And we should not forget the successful Kickstarter project based on the same shoes;
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1230434124/power-laces

  2. @miro – watch the video(s) they say no power laces until 2015 🙂

  3. Just a bit of an update,
    Michael J Fox was on Letterman last night,and explained that the shoes are going to be auctioned off on Ebay to fund Parkinsons research,and that the Co-Founder of Google is going to match the amount,up to 50 million dollars!

    So go bid on some,it’s for a good cause.

  4. Don’t add “Remember to charge up your shoes” life’s to-do list.

    Surely there’s enough mechanical/kinetic energy available in a shoe’s typical use you can harvest to charge up the battery?

    What a great way to encourage fitness.

  5. WOW! I had been watching a pair of size 12s that have been at $8100 for a bit now but as of this post there is a pair of 10s going for $12k

  6. I’m surprised they use a cord to charge. You could use some induction charging, energy harvesting , something that’s not so 1950’s on such a futuristic pair of shoes. It is cool that a big company is doing it, but with a 4k auction tag on them it is a good thing we have kickstarter. 🙂

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