Power Laces 'Back to the Future' Shoes on 'GMA'

Inventor developing self-tightening shoes channels sci-fi classic.

ByABC News via logo
September 19, 2010, 5:50 PM

Sept. 28, 2010 — -- Don't worry, you're not time traveling ... yet. That self-tightening shoe you saw on "Good Morning America" was only inspired by the time-traveling '80s classic "Back to the Future 2."

Developed by amateur tinkerer Blake Bevin, the Power Laces Shoe (version 2.5), took a page from the Michael J. Fox movie and was created in less than five months. Bevin, a 27-year-old hotel manager by day, had no formal electronics training.

Bevin told "Good Morning America" today that she developed the shoes with her grandmother in mind. Bevin's grandmother, like Fox, lives with Parkinson's disease -- meaning automatic shoes could simplify getting dressed.

"I thought that something like that might be able to help people who can't tie shoes on their own," Bevin told ABC News earlier this month.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Bevin's Power Laces from her project on Power-Laces.com.

The shoe uses small motors that pull the shoe laces tight at the touch of a small button on the side of the shoe.

To develop the shoe, Bevin started a project on Kickstarter.com, a website created "as a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors" through donations, according to the website. Currently, 128 people have contributed to the Power Laces.

Bevin said she hoped to use the donations to hire a couple of engineers to help her develop the final version of the Power Laces.

That version will include a special heel censor to trigger the tightening, meaning the wearer can do it with no hands.