Nike Is Making Real Self-Lacing Shoes You Can Buy

By Eric Limer Mar 16, 2016 79 Share Tweet Text Share E-mail

Yes, we've gotten there. Nike is finally making mass-market self-lacing shoes, just like in Back to the Future. Announced Wednesday afternoon by way of its website, the shoes are called the "Nike HyperAdapt 1.0" and will be available by the end of the year. 

As Nike's website breathlessly explains

Welcome the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, the first performance vehicle for Nike's latest platform breakthrough, adaptive lacing. The shoe translates deep research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering into a product designed for movement. It challenges traditional understanding of fit, proposing an ultimate solution to individual idiosyncrasies in lacing and tension preference.Functional simplicity reduces a typical athlete concern, distraction. "When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten," explains Tiffany Beers, Senior Innovator, NIKE, Inc., and the project's technical lead. "Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it's perfect."

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It is as-yet unclear if the shoes can also solve world hunger and global warming, but frankly it seems promising. 

This isn't Nikes first time around with self-lacing shoes. Nike developed a limited run last year, though they were never widely for sale. These, evidently based on the same tech, will be, though in order to purchase a pair, you'll have to be a member of Nike+

The technology is undeniably cool, the ability to tighten and loosen on the go—a feature Nike touts—probably won't be super useful for most of us. And so he question really becomes "How much are you willing to pay in order to not bend down?"


$4.5 million drug bust 'will have an impact' on those behind recent shootings: Police

Surrey RCMP announced a major drug bust, Friday, revealing that earlier in March, a driver was found transporting an estimated $4.5 million in cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine.

30-year-old Abbotsford resident Pardip Hayer has been charged with four counts of trafficking in a substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act.

"It was an ongoing investigation, you know, a continued strategy on our part, that we pulled this individual over," said Surrey RCMP Superintendent Shawn Gill, adding that no weapons were found in the vehicle.

Gill said the drugs likely came from outside the country and were headed for communities across B.C. and the rest of Canada.

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Among the estimated $4.5 million in seized drugs was a sizeable quantity of fentanyl, both in pill and loose form. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

"We believe the recent shootings, and the conflict that we see — the most recent conflict on our streets — is the result of the drug trade, and the seizure of this amount of drugs will have an impact on those that are fighting over it," said Gill.

Surrey RCMP Superintendent Manny Mann said the city has seen a spike in 'shots fired' incidents throughout March, and there have been 28 such incidents so far in 2016.

"This year's incidents do not involve the individuals engaged in last year's drug conflicts. In 2015, we made a significant number of arrests and disrupted the illegal activities of those that were involved," said Mann.

"I can confirm that five of the 28 incidents are associated to a new drug-related conflict between two groups," he said.


A white car is taped off as police investigate a deadly car crash on 123A Street in Surrey on March 11. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Mann said many of the bullets are fired at houses, or parked cars, but five people have been injured this year, and one person was killed in a March 11 attack.

Police have made three arrests in connection to the shootings. 

Mann said the shootings do not appear to be random, and they don't pose a significant threat to public safety. He said in many cases there are no victims, and no witnesses.


This Gigantic Wooden Mountain May Be the Best Marble Run Ever

By John Wenz Apr 1, 2016 341 Share Tweet Text Share E-mail

In Kindergarten, we had Marble Run. It was the greatest thing. You could pile up a series of tubes, pipes, slopes, and curves to create an amazing way to get a marble to travel from the top to the bottom.

Ben Tardif has made the adult version of that. It's more amazing than I can fully fathom. At eight feet tall, the hand-built, electric powered Marble Mountain can haul marbles up to the top, letting them run down a course, jump over "ravines," make their way through MC Escher-esque staircases, and more.

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Tardif has spent years building the 25 part marble maze, and still says it's a work in progress—this video is the first time it's been close enough to completion to make an official marble run. It's kind of mind boggling to think what the actual end result will be.


Surrey shootings: RCMP announce five arrests

RCMP say they have arrested five people and seized 13 firearms in relation to a string of more than 30 shootings which have plagued Surrey in recent months.

Speaking at a press conference called to quell growing fears about a conflict police say is linked to the drug war, Surrey mayor Linda Hepner joined police leaders to promise an increase in resources to tackle the violence which has resulted in one death.

A bail hearing is set next week for two of the men charged with weapons offences in relation to what RCMP characterize as a low-level drug war.

Alex Blanarou and Robert Dennison are scheduled for a bail hearing on April 13. 

"We're going to make it very uncomfortable," said RCMP Asst. Commissioner Dan Malo. "You're going to change your behaviour, or we're going to change it for you."

Malo announced an influx of investigators and analysts to target the problem, which he said involves a battle for control of the street-level drug market.

He said the situation is very different from the type of high-level gang fights the Lower Mainland has seen in recent years. He said the players in the latest conflict were young men whose friends and family are turning a blind eye to their activities.

Malo said new resources would include the gang unit, monitor rooms, criminal and open source analysts, as well as community and educational support.

He said officers would also call on increased air support as well as the force's behavioural scientists to identify and deal with the people involved.

The RCMP's dog handling team have also been provided photographs of perpetrators and will spend their time focusing on those individuals.

Hepner said police would also have round-the-clock access to the city's network of traffic cameras, which have previously only been accessible during the city's working hours. Surrey also plans to add 75 new cameras, bringing the total to 400.

Surrey RCMP Chief Supt. Bill Fordy said the situation angered him, but assured the community that police were making progress.

To that end, he announced charges against three individuals, including Blanarou and Dennison. 

He said RCMP need the community to unite behind police to fight the problem of youth in the drug trade and announced a forum to be held next Monday to address the issue.​

Many of the shootings have taken place between cars at major city intersections. Police believe warring dial-a-dope gangs, mostly young men between age 17 and 24, are responsible.

A recent string of four shootings in four days, and 32 targeted shootings since since the beginning of the year, has put the city and its residents on edge.

Darlene Bowyer of the Surrey Association of Sustainable Communities says it's time all levels of government come together to find solutions.

"The community is tired of hearing that it's a targeted shooting and nobody's really at risk. Yes we are," said Bowyer. "This is our community. We have bullets flying in our  streets. Good grief, anyone can get hit."

$5,000 24-Carat Gold NES? Sure Why Not.

Author Copy Created with Sketch. By Joe Svetlik Apr 5, 2016

If you still own an original NES, chances are it's looking a little worse for wear. So why not eBay it and buy yourself a 24-carat gold version instead?

That's what Analogue is hoping you'll do, anyway. It's just released an insanely luxurious (and expensive) version of its Analogue Nt console, which is made using the same insides as the original NES.

That means it plays the original game cartridges, plus it plays games from any region and hooks up to your modern TV using an HDMI socket. It's completely unofficial, of course. Nintendo has nothing to do with it.

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The gold model will set you back a whopping $5,000. It's been released to tie in with the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. In fact, it even comes with the original gold-coloured Zelda game cartridge.

Only 10 units are going on sale, so if you want one, you'd better be quick. You have to email your order direct to Analogue Nt. 

Missed out? Not to worry. There are plenty of other ways to play old games that will let you save a few thousand dollars in the process.