For our senior design project we have chosen to design and prototype a pair of self lacing shoes with the initial target audience being people with disabilities who are limited in their ability to tie their own shoes for a variety of reasons. However, we hope that this product will catch on in popularity and become normalized for all people. These shoes will allow the wearer to easily slip them on and then secure the shoes to the foot with the push of a button rather than tying laces as in conventional shoes. This process will be driven by a mechanical motor and ratchet system hidden in the soles of the shoes. While alternatives such as Velcro, slip-ons, and even other self-lacing shoes are available on the market, each of these options have short comings which our product aims to improve on. From lack of foot support to lack of style and inaccessible prices, the current market does not provide a suitable option for people who want something other than conventional shoes.
Mechanical Engineering Design Project (MEMS 411)
Pigatti, Peter; Roberts, Bryce; and Yusuf, Al-Amin, "MEMS 411: Self Lacing Shoes" (2021). Mechanical Engineering Design Project Class. 155.