Looks like smart sneaker manufacturers don’t want us to ever have to tie our shoelaces ever again; Puma announced The Fi, or the F-I, as it should be pronounced, since the name stands for Fit Intelligence.
The sneakers self-lace by touch alone, thanks to a micromotor that powers up a small cable system. All you have to do is touch the panel placed where the tongue of the shoe is and you’re ready to go.
If you want to loosen the laces or remove the shoe, you can just swipe down on the same panel and that’s it.
When you tighten, the shoes will light up the panel in blue LEDs thanks to a removable battery that can be charged wirelessly and lasts for up to 7 days.
Of course, the shoes come with their own companion app called the PUMATRAC. Unfortunately, the app is only available for iPhones but an Android version is on its way.
It features an Apple watch integration as well, which will allow you to swipe the watch instead of bending over to swipe the panel on the shoe, so no bending or kneeling anymore, guys.
The sneakers will be released in the spring of 2020 and will be priced at somewhere around $330.