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.
Shelby Rogers

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."

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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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