October 6, 2022
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Nike Sneaker-Cleaning Robot Looks Like a Car Wash for Shoes

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When you use a moist fabric and cleaning soap to scrub your soiled sneakers, you are caught in 2021. Meet BILL (Bot Initiated Longevity Lab), Nike’s new robot-powered system for cleansing and repairing kicks. 

At first look, Huge BILL appears like the final word Rube Goldberg machine (a contraption deliberately designed to complicate a easy activity). Nike, nonetheless, insists BILL not solely cleans footwear, however deep cleans and fixes them, extending their life and contributing to the corporate’s efforts to supply gear that may be remade and reused. 

Patch me up, BILL. 


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BILL steps onto the sneaker scene as robots do every little thing from clean our floors to try on bras for us and handily best us in parkour and backflips

After a shoe will get loaded into BILL, the machine creates a 3D digital mannequin of the footwear that determines which components most want cleansing with the bot’s massive, swooshy multicolored brushes. If the shoe has torn spots, customers can choose patches of recyclable polyester to restore the damage and tear. For a private contact, Nike retailer workers add new liners and laces produced from recycled supplies. The method takes as much as 45 minutes from begin to end.  

The machine is now present process a trial run at Nike City London, the place prospects can use it freed from cost. “Folks will go to nice lengths to care for his or her favourite footwear,” Noah Murphy-Reinhertz, sustainability lead at Nike NXT stated in an announcement. “Repairing a product is a technique to prolong our reminiscence with a product. We see BILL as a software for with the ability to do this.”  

BILL can at present clear Air Pressure 1s, Air Jordan 1s, Area Hippie 01s and Nike Dunks, however could have a tricky time dealing with these digital Nike NFT Cryptokicks that offered for $130K earlier this yr. 

A round brush cleans a sneaker in Nike's B.I.L.L. shoe-cleaning machine

Your footwear won’t ever get this stage of consideration once more. 


Alex Kurunis/Nike

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