By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Remember that oldie from the 1960s by one-hit wonders Zager and Evans, “In the Year 2525”?

One of the verses was: “In the year 5555/Your arms hangin’ limp at your sides/Your legs got nothin’ to do/Some machine’s doin’ that for you.”

It may have seemed far-fetched back then, but so did the idea of the Red Sox winning a World Series.

Now, Nike has unveiled what promises to be the must-have sneaker of the season for the tech-obsessed, the HyperAdapt 1.0, a sneaker that laces itself.

No, I am not making this up.

For people with physical limitations that make tying shoes problematic, this is a real breakthrough, if you can afford the $720 cost. (Maybe TrumpCare will cover it?)

For the rest of us, for whom tying your shoes is a five-second process, the question is: really?

The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0. (Image credit: Nike)

The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0. (Image credit: Nike)

I understand that technology is an unstoppable process, and our fascination with it knows no limits. And we already are using our gadgets to do things for us that we really could do for ourselves, like turn lights on and off and look up a phone number.

(By the way, I like being able to dictate text messages by talking to Siri on my iPhone, but she is even worse than directory assistance when it comes to finding phone numbers.)

I’m not sure the HyperAdapt self-tying sneakers are going to be much of a time-saver, and every two weeks their battery has to be recharged.

But I am sure a world where we never have to lean over is asking for trouble.

It seems Zager and Evans’ nightmare vision has arrived, 3,539 years ahead of schedule.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

Comments (6)
  1. bwcarey says:

    don’t forget to tie your shoe laces!, i can see lawyers complaining already!

  2. bees_knees_6 says:

    I heard that song the other day, along with “We’re On the Eve of Destruction.” Pretty much sums it up.

  3. There are a lot of people that leave their shoes untied. They need this. While we’re at it, someone needs to introduce/invent a pair of pants that fits up around the waist, not showing their *** (rear).

  4. It seems the objection to this innovation is the cost. But as with many technological discoveries, initial cost is high and then declines dramatically once adoption takes hold. So, it may be prohibitively expensive at $720.00 but would people object if the cost of self-lacing sneakers was just an additional $7.20 or $0.72? That is what time, market acceptance, and economy of scale do.

    And it’s people like Serena Williams that can set aside 0.01% of her annual income* for a $720 pair of future-kicks, driving the adoption and innovation to that affordable price point for the rest of us.

    * – percentage is estimated. We all recognize that Serena Williams is loaded.

  5. David Keith says:

    Who needed a car with a transmission that shifts gears for you? Who needed a remote-control for the TV? …

  6. Alan B Flood says:

    Jon, was it really necessary to add the comment about Trumpcare paying for it. You left the bounds of journalist integrity adding it. But then most of us know this past election season that whatever integrity you may have had left when your gal Elizabeth was elected. the comment was not necessary any showed how you can go off target and use any subject matter available to you to slam YOUR new president. I believe you owe a apology to your views/readers for going off topic just so you could show your juvenile side of your professional life.

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