The SMART Tire on 'Shark Tank': What is the cost, who are the founders and how you can own space-age technology

The SMART Tire on 'Shark Tank': What is the cost, who are the founders and how you can own space-age technology
Brian Yennie and Earl Patrick Cole on 'Shark Tank' (ABC/Christopher Willard)

Who doesn't love the idea of owning space-age tech? While we still haven't gotten to commercial hover cars quite yet, a company out there is determined to change the way we travel. Enter The SMART Tire Company, which is using a 'shape memory alloy' to create the ultimate durable tires.

The SMART Tire Company may be developing come revolutionary products, but the question is, is it enough to impress Mark Cuban, Kevin Hart, Kevin O'Leary, Lori Greiner and Barbara Corcoran?



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What is The Smart Tire Company?

If you've ever wanted to own space-age tech while helping the planet, now might be your chance. The SMART Tire Company uses 'shape memory alloy radial technology' (SMART) to create tires set to change transport. Developed by NASA, The Smart Tire Company aims to commercialize these tires, as they are durable and will never go flat on account of being airless. 


As per the website, the tires are -- 
"Safe - Eliminates the possibility of puncture failure
Strong - Can withstand excessive deformation
Robust - Can be configured for high traction on various terrains
Simple - Eliminates the need for air
Versatile - Tire stiffness can limit energy transferred to vehicle
Lightweight - No inner frame needed for the tire/wheel assembly
Clean - Environmentally friendly, no major tire waste".




Who are the founders of The SMART Tire Company?

Brian Yennie and Earl Patrick Cole are the founders of The SMART Tire Company. Prior to this, Yennie was a Senior Software Engineer with IDEX. He graduated from Dartmouth College, having studied Mathematics and Computer Science. On the other hand, Cole is a mentor for Techstars Starbust Space Accelerator. He studied at the University of Southern and also attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business. 


What is the cost and where to buy?

Unfortunately, The SMART Tire Company products are currently not listed for sale. However, you can sign up to get your hands on METL™, a space-age tire 'made from Shape Memory Alloy Radial Technology (SMART), a superelastic material called NiTinol+'. Created to fit bikes, the tire promises to be 'The coolest, freakin' bike tires you'll ever own, using NASA technology'. Sign up here to be get yourself on the waiting list.




Where is The SMART Tire Company now?

The SMART Tire Company is currently focusing on launching METL, as per their social media. They are also hiring, as mentioned in a post, captioned -- "METL launching in 2022 (will also be hiring)! Sign up via our website to get on the wait list!! "



Who will steal the deal?

It's hard who might take the bait, but there is a good chance it might be Mark Cuban, if the founders can make a compelling pitch!


Mark Cuban on 'Shark Tank' (ABC)

'Shark Tank' Season 13 Episode 10 airs on ABC on January 7, 2022, at 8 pm ET. Catch the latest episode featuring products like The SMART Tire Company, Ucandi, Black Sands Entertainment and Snactiv.

Missed an episode? Been wanting to catch up? Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu. Not just that, you can also watch old seasons and episodes on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes. 


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