Nike Introduces Its First Auto-Lacing Sneaker

Ever since Marty McFly threw on a pair of Nike Mags for the first time in Back to the Future II (1989), fans have been waiting for the day when sneakers could lace themselves. The company filed a patent for auto-lacing technology in 2010 and showed it in action with Michael J. Fox in 2015. Now, according to Complex, Nike has revealed that runners will soon be able to purchase the auto-lacing shoe in stores.

The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 and its "adaptive lacing" system were introduced at a press event in New York City this week. With the help of sensors located in the heels, the lacing system activates as soon as the wearer puts the sneakers on. To adjust the fit, the wearer can press one of two buttons located on the side of each sneaker: the button with a plus sign to tighten, and the one with a minus sign to loosen.

While early prototypes came in the form of snowboard boots with a generator attached to the outside, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 features a small mechanism located under the foot.

Next up: Creating footwear that knows when the wearer wants a looser or tighter fit—and makes adjustments automatically. "That’s where we’re headed. In the future, product will come alive," Nike designer Tinker Hatfield said.

Nike hasn't yet shared the exact release date or price, but the company predicts that consumers will be able to purchase the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 in three colors beginning this holiday season. The initial sale will only be open to Nike+ members.

[h/t Complex]

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David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as His Movies
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David Lynch, the celebrated director behind baffling-but-brilliant films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, is now selling his equally surreal T-shirts on Amazon.

As IndieWire reports, each shirt bears an image of one of Lynch’s paintings or photographs with an accompanying title. Some of his designs are more straightforward (the shirts labeled “House” and “Whale” feature, respectively, drawings of a house and a whale), while others are obscure (the shirt called “Chicken Head Tears” features a disturbing sculpture of a semi-human face).

This isn’t the first time Lynch has ventured into pursuits outside of filmmaking. Previously, he has sold coffee, designed furniture, produced music, hosted daily weather reports, and published a book about his experience with transcendental meditation. Art, in fact, falls a little closer to Lynch’s roots; the filmmaker trained for years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before making his mark in Hollywood.

Lynch’s Amazon store currently sells 57 T-shirts, ranging in size from small to triple XL, all for $26 each. As for our own feelings on the collection, we think they’re best reflected by this T-shirt named “Honestly, I’m Sort of Confused.”

Check out some of our favorites below:

T-shirt that says "Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"
"Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a sleeping bird on it
"Sleeping Bird"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt that says Peace on Earth over and over again. The caption is pretty on the nose.
"Peace on Earth"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a screaming face made out of turkey with ants in its mouth
"Turkey Cheese Head"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an odd sculpted clay face asking if you know who it is. You get the idea.
"I Was Wondering If You Know Who I Am?"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a sculpted head that is not a chicken. It is blue, though.
"Chicken Head Blue"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a lobster on it. Below the drawing, the lobster is labeled with the word lobster. Shocking, I know.
"Lobster"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy
"Cowboy"

Buy it on Amazon

[h/t IndieWire]

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Meet the Feather Artisans Who Adorn Paris's Cabaret Dancers
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You can't have cabaret without the feathers. In Paris, one business has been making the plumed and bedazzled costumes for Moulin Rouge and other music halls since 1929. Maison Février has adorned the likes of Josephine Baker and French ballet dancer Zizi Jeanmaire, painstakingly attaching hundreds of feathers to headdresses, skirts, and other costume elements by hand. They use only feathers from birds specially bred—and not killed—for their colorful feathers. The results, as shown in the Great Big Story video below, are a delight to behold.

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