Puma readies iPhone- & Apple Watch-connected 'Fit Intelligence' sneakers for 2020

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Puma this week revealed its Fit Intelligence self-lacing shoe, set to compete against Nike beginning in 2020.

Puma Fi iPhone app


Known as "Fi" for short, the shoe uses a custom motor to tighten and loosen, according to Bay McLaughlin. Owners can adjust it manually using on-shoe swipe gestures, or with upcoming iPhone and Apple Watch apps. There are three tightness levels -- unlike Nike's Adapt BB though, the Fi won't automatically adjust while being worn.

The shoe has LED lights on both sides, but another sacrifice versus the Adapt BB is color changing options.

Puma is planning to ship the Fi for $330, $20 less than Nike's product. Buyers will get a Qi-compatible mat to making charging as seamless as possible.

Puma Fi


Both the Fi and the Adapt BB can trace their history back to the 1989 movie "Back to the Future Part II," which featured self-lacing Nike "Air Mag" shoes in its fictional version of 2015. Nike seized on this to develop the Mag, a real-world product, and then the HyperAdapt 1.0 that shipped in 2016. Its $720 pricetag put it out of range for most people.

Apple and Nike have a long-running partnership extending back to "Nike + iPod" fitness tracking. In the modern era Apple sells Nike+ versions of the Apple Watch, which are effectively the same as other models but with different bundled straps and unique watchfaces.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 4
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 2,290member
    I'm all for more functionality and accessories, but I sure wish Apple would fix the bugs in their fitness software. I get monthly "challenges" that go away after a few days. Things like "do 45 workouts this month" to get an award, then a few weeks into the month, the challenge simply disappears. Sometimes a different one appears. I upgraded my wife to AWs3 because she really likes the fitness tracker. Just this morning, she reported, "I finished my challenge for January a few days ago, and today the badge simply disappeared." I really like giving gifts that disappoint.

    A small thing for sure. I didn't really buy AW for the fitness stuff, but I do actually use it now. I just wish it worked consistently. Oh, and AW requires a restart about every 3 days, or else the workouts drain the battery completely in about 30 minutes. A 30 minute walk in the morning takes the battery from 95% to like 30%. It is then dead a few hours later. It isn't the battery either, because if you reboot the watch overnight, the problem doesn't occur. 
  • Reply 2 of 4
    Wow. Competition is getting intense. Maybe “Find My Sneakers” app should be next. Sneakers with built-in Bluetooth Bose speaker? The bass would be so loud that it shakes baseketball court.  
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 4
    Finally! Do you know how many times I'm in the middle of a game a think to myself: I wish I could go pick up my phone now, unlock it, open the app and tap on tight the laces up button. My life will be complete now!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 4
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 623unconfirmed, member
    Apple should partner with more fitness brands and make Watch even more flexible.
    watto_cobra
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