This $600 Robot Ties Shoes Cheaper than Nike's Self-Lacing Sneakers

University engineers used two motors and a few carefully placed rods to create an efficient and cheap shoe-tying robot.

Have $600 and friends with robotics skills? Then you might never have to worry about tying your shoes ever again. 

A team of students from University of California Davis' College of Engineering developed a machine that can tie shoes all by itself. And the total cost of such a robot? Just $600 -- quite the shoestring budget. 

Most kids won't learn to tie their shoes until age five or six. For robots, however, the process is even a bit more complicated. In addition to the tight budget, this robot is only powered by two motors. It uses a series of strategically placed gears and rods to tie the shoelaces into perfect "bunny ears."

The robot was also programmed for efficient shoe tying, as several Redditors pointed out in a thread about the video. The robot ties an Ian Knot, reportedly the world's fastest shoelace knot, according to YouTube creator "Professor Shoelace."

The robot is significantly cheaper than other robot systems grabbing the public's attention -- like anything coming from Boston Dynamics. And despite the $600 pricetag, it might even be cheaper than Nike's self-lacing shoes. The Nike Mags self-lacing sneakers were once rumored to sell for over $200,000. Shoe magazine NiceKicks noted the Hyperadapt 1.0 would sell for $720. At this point, it might be cheaper to have the robot tie your shoes for you than invest in a new pair of shoes. 

This $600 Robot Ties Shoes Cheaper than Nike's Self-Lacing Sneakers

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