Nike calls "Flyleather" its most sustainable leather material yet

October 16, 2017 by  
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When Nike introduced its Flyknit technology in 2012, the sportswear giant literally broke the mold of sneaker construction. By using a weaving technique that results in a virtually seamless one-piece upper, Nike is able to create a shoe that has the featherweight pliability of a sock yet the support and durability of a trainer. Flyknit is better for the environment, too. Compared with traditional cut-and-sew methods, the technology allows the company to slash its waste by roughly 60 percent. Five years on, Nike is employing a similar tack to Flyleather, a new “super material” that looks and feels like leather but is lighter and stronger. Nike calls Flyleather its “most sustainable leather material ever.” Unlike traditional full-grain leather, Flyleather comprises parts of a cow’s hide that’s typically discarded during the leather-making process—up to 30 percent, according to Nike. The firm grinds up the scraps, combining them with synthetic-blend fibers and polyester fabric before fusing everything into a single material. After a finishing process that includes final touches such as pigmentation, the material is placed on a roll for cutting, which improves efficiency and creates less waste. Related: Nike’s stunning Flyknit Feather Pavilion lights up the night at Beijing Design Week All in all, the Flyleather technique uses about 90 percent less water than traditional full-grain leather, Nike said. It also has an 80 percent smaller carbon footprint than conventional leather manufacturing. “Nike Flyleather completely mimics athletic, pigmented full-grain leathers in everything from fit to touch,” Tony Bignell, vice president of footwear innovation, said in a statement. “Unlike with traditional leathers, Flyleather can be produced with a consistent grade across a broader range of product.” You don’t have to wait to experience Flyleather in person. An all-white Flyleather version of Nike’s signature Tennis Classic is available for sale for $85 at www.nike.com and at the Nike SoHo store, NikeLab 21 Mercer, and Dover Street Market in New York City. + Nike

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Dubai police unveil Star Wars-esque electric hoverbikes

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Dubai law enforcement could zip through the city on electric hoverbikes in the future. At the GITEX technology week, the Dubai Police announced a police hoverbike, which is the Hoversurf Scorpion 3 manufactured by Russian company Hoversurf , that can speed around at 43 miles per hour, 16 feet up in the air. The Dubai police force are considering deploying the hoverbikes to respond to emergencies. The Hoversurf Scorpion 3 is a battery -powered hoverbike that has a range of around 25 to 30 minutes. It can carry as much as 300 kilograms, or over 660 pounds, of weight. And it could one day allow police offers to bypass traffic during an emergency. Related: The U.S. Army is developing a 173 MPH hoverbike Hoversurf describes their Scorpion as “a single-seat aircraft that rediscovers the art of flying and hovering enable a hi-tech quadcopter-based solution.” Batteries take three hours to charge, but could be swapped out so police could continue patrolling on the hoverbike. Gulf News reported the hoverbike is going through tests right now. New Atlas said the concept is a publicity stunt for Dubai, which also debuted firefighting jetpacks that haven’t seen much daylight since their announcement. The publication wrote about the Hoversurf Scorpion 3 earlier this year, recommending it for “aspiring amputees” because of how close spinning blades are to a rider’s legs. They pointed out it’s one thing to pioneer hoverbikes, but another to deploy them in busy public spaces. Dubai police also debuted a electric motorbike equipped with cameras, and little autonomous robotic vehicles that have biometric software to scan for criminals. Dubai Police’s Smart Services Department director Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razooqui told Gulf News, “It can recognize people in any area and identify suspicious objects and can track suspects. It will be deployed at tourist destinations in Dubai. It has cameras and will be linked to the command room.” + Hoversurf Via Gulf News , ABC News , and New Atlas Images via Alexander Atamanov on Facebook

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