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Nike Sneaker-Cleaning Robot Looks Like Car Wash for Shoes


After a shoe gets loaded into BILL, the machine creates a three-dimensional digital model of the footwear that determines which parts most need cleaning with the bot's big, swooshy multicolored brushes.

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Footwear manufacturing company Nike says its Bot Initiated Longevity Lab (BILL) deep cleans and repairs sneakers.

After loading a shoe, the system produces a three-dimensional digital model that ascertains which parts most need cleaning with brushes, while shoppers can choose patches of recyclable polyester to fix tears.

BILL is undergoing a trial run at Nike Town London in the U.K., where customers can use it at no charge.

Nike NXT's Noah Murphy-Reinhertz said, "People will go to great lengths to care for their favorite shoes. Repairing a product is a way to extend our memory with a product. We see BILL as a tool for being able to do that."

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