Today is not a day in news, rather a day in tech. So much has been happening in tech - a mashup is definitely needed!
Nike Unveils Power Laces for Shoes
To make a literal step into the future, Nike has unveiled the world’s first-ever commercial self-lacing athlete sports shoes. Called the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, the shoes can pretty much tie themselves without the need for human intervention. To be unveiled to members of the Nike+ portal in three colors during the holidays, the shoe features two buttons on the side which have to be pressed manually to tighten or loosen the laces.
“When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten. Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until its perfect,” says Tiffany Beers, Senior Innovator, NIKE Inc.
When asked about the future of self-lacing technology, Beers seems very optimistic. “Wouldn’t it be great if a shoe, in the future, could sense when you needed to have it tighter or looser? Could it take you even tighter than you’d normally go if it senses you really need extra snugness in a quick maneuver? That’s where we’re headed. In the future, product will come alive.”
Uber Announces Family Profiles to Let Family Members Do the Needful
Uber has just announced the launch of a new feature that lets family members pay for each other’s rides. Called ‘Family Profiles’, the feature is all set to go live in some cities like Atlanta, Dallas and Phoenix.
Anyone can be added as a member, even friends. The catch is that after a member requests and completes a ride, the receipt is sent to one person – the ‘head’ of the family. Family Profiles supports upto 10 members for a single payment method.
Google Looking to Sell Boston Dynamics
Apparently having given up on humanoid robots, Google is looking to sell Boston Dynamics, the company it acquired in 2013 that impressed the world with its YouTube videos of robots doing unimaginable feats.
Google wants to sell off its Boston Dynamics division as it does not want to spend more than 30% of its resources developing a kind of product that would take more than a decade to reach the market.
Boston Dynamics built many prototype robots and released various videos, including a humanoid android robot, a robot that resembles a large dog, and a cheetah robot capable of reaching tremendous speeds. Amazon and Toyota might be potential buyers in this deal, insiders reveal.