Will You Soon Be Able to Print Your Shoes at Home?!
Let's be real. We're still sad that we don't have the hover boards we were promised in Back to the Future (thanks, guys), but pretty soon we might have something better: 3D-printed shoes.
That's right. According to Eric Sprunk, the COO of Nike, being able to print our own pairs of custom-made sneakers isn't that far away. In an interview he did during the GeekWire Summit, Eric claimed, "Do I envision a future where we might still own the file from an IP perspective - you can't just have anyone making a Nike product - and have it manufactured in your own home or we do it for you at our store? Yeah, that's not that far away."
Not unlike their innovative Flyknit technology (that Sprunk described as being knit "like a sweater on your foot"), at some point in the future we might be able to go to the Nike website, purchase a file, download it and print out our very own custom-made shoes at our own convenience. We don't know about you gals, but that sounds pretty rad (and straight out of the Jetsons). All we have to do now is start saving up to buy our own 3D printer.