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1. (WO2018222807) AUTOMATED FOOTWEAR LACING SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND TECHNIQUES

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/222807    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/035289
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.
Inventors: GAYNES, Steve
MELLINGER, David
Title: AUTOMATED FOOTWEAR LACING SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND TECHNIQUES
Abstract:
Lacing engine systems, apparatus, and methods of operation are discussed. In an example, a lacing engine apparatus can include a housing, a drivetrain, and a lace take-up mechanism for retracting a length of lace cable upon activation. The drivetrain can include various reduction gears to reduce rotational speed out of the motor and power the lace take-up mechanism. The lace take-up mechanism can include structures such as a double-yoke, a radial pulley including an outer rotating disc and an inner stationary disc, a variable take-up spool, or a zip-strip mechanism.