Wow, technology. Papal Apps. Speculative e-currency that consumes as much energy as a small country. Shopping carts that you spy on. And now a pair of $ 350-dollar, packed Nikes hooked up to an app to control their fit … and that you can allegedly have "bricks" when you connect them to an Android.
No, reader, I'm not here to shame you for spending $ 350 on self-lacing e-shoes. (Look, at least you value fitness instead of a beer, Keurig or something.) I'm just here to let you know that the age of shoe-bricking is on us.
According to CNET, users have reported the Android The Nike Adapt BB shoes app (although not the iOS version) has serious technical issues following a recent firmware update. Reviews published on the app's download page indicate that the connection with one or the other shoe fails over and over again and that the firmware update apparently "bricked up" the shoes. In some cases, they can be manually reset by an annoying process, although Verge has reported that the engines of the shoe no longer work, no matter what they do.
19659005] CNET noted that the shoes continue to be shoes, regardless of whether the app works, and that the buttons on the side continue Work:
You can still wear the sneakers and walk around in them, but all the smart features of the app stopped working with the update, said frustrated users.
"The first software update for the shoe has triggered an error updating and bricked the right shoe," wrote the appraiser Asa Domolky in the app.
… Normally, bricks tend to make devices unusable, at least the Adapt BB becomes a normal pair of sneakers. You can also control the seat with the side buttons.
In a comment on the Google Play Store, a user details what he said, the annoying process of resetting an Adapt BB:
TO HARD-RESET SHOES: 1) Hold both buttons simultaneously for 5 seconds for a shoe pressed. You will see TWO RED FLASHES and then a faint red before fading. 2) Then hold down a key as you go through this process. As soon as it turns white, press the other key three times, ONE OR TWO SECONDS. The first time will be RED. The second time, YELLOW is displayed. The third time will be GREEN. Release the buttons for 15 seconds. it is completely reset. Repeat for other shoes. Connection should work! Skip Update 2/14/19!
Nike did not respond to a request from CNET, even though it responded to an angry user on the Play Store site: "We are aware of the problem and are actively working on a solution. "
Wow, technology. Incredible. Let me think.