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1. (WO2018222805) AUTOMATED FOOTWEAR LACING SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND TECHNIQUES

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/222805    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/035287
Publication Date: Fri Dec 07 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Jun 01 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: A43C 11/16
A43C 11/00
A43C 7/08
A43C 11/14
Applicants: NIKE, INC.
RICCOMINI, Robert A.
SHEN, Hardy
REYES, Stan
Inventors: RICCOMINI, Robert A.
SHEN, Hardy
REYES, Stan
Title: AUTOMATED FOOTWEAR LACING SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND TECHNIQUES
Abstract:
The specification discusses various lacing engine configurations for use in an automated footwear platform. For example, lacing engines with mechanisms to detect lace cable position and/or lace cable tensions are discussed. In an example, the lacing engine can include a housing, a lace spool and a detection mechanism. The lace spool can be at least partially disposed within the housing, and be adapted to collect a portion of the lace cable in response to rotation in a first direction during tightening of the footwear platform. The detection mechanism can detect a state of the lace cable manipulated by the lacing engine.