Back To The Future Day is here!! That would be Oct. 21, 2015 — the date Marty McFly and Doc Brown time-travel to the future in the 1989 classic, Back to the Future Part II.
While all three movies in the trilogy are considered classics, Part II is getting the attention because of the specific date McFly and Brown traveled to… where filmmakers imagined a range of crazy new technologies and products, from hands-free video games to flying cars.
As we celebrate Back To The Future II, here’s a few of the innovations the film predicted that have since become a reality today. Also, the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy is available now at Amazon.
While the use of controllers are still very relevant, inventions like Xbox Kinect allow gamers to play using voice and gestures. No hands, mom!
In the memorable scene at the nostalgic Cafe 80s in Back To The Future II, two young boys can’t believe the way Marty plays an arcade game. “You mean you have to use your hands?” one asks, while the other responds: “That’s like a baby’s toy.” McFly is confused.
Smart Clothing & Tech Wearables
When Marty travels to 2015, Doc instructs him to dress like kids in the future, handing him a jacket and a pair of sneakers. What he puts on is a pair of Nike Air MAGS with power laces and an auto-drying jacket. While we’ve yet to get power laces (though Nike says they’re coming) or a self-drying jacket, smart clothing has been here for a number of years.
From fitness trackers like Fitbit or the Nike Fuelband to adidas’ miCoach tech integrated into footwear to Google Glass, smart gadgets and clothing has become a reality.
In Back To The Future II, Marty’s future self is fired during a video phone call. This technology has been here for years. Apps like Skype and Apple’s FaceTime allow users to make video phone calls on the go… so you don’t have to be tied to the living room to see someone face-to-face.
One thing the movie did get wrong is the widespread use of fax machines. While they’re still in use today, they’re quickly becoming obsolete.
When Marty McFly grabbed that board from two little girls in the iconic chase scene from Back To The Future II, our mouths all dropped when we first saw the Hoveboard.
Today, they’re not quite a reality, but several companies are getting close. A start-up called Arx Pax created a $10,000 version known as the Hendo, and Lexus followed with their own hoverboard using different technology. Unfortunately, both versions can only float over conductive surfaces.
But, the advances are awesome… and it’s probably only a matter of time before we get one like the film.
In the Cafe 80s scene, Marty orders a bottle of Pepsi. What he gets is a bottle of “Pepsi Perfect”, in a unique bottle… which is here today.
In honor of the trilogy’s 30th anniversary, Pepsi has released Pepsi Perfect for a limited run. While a bottle sold for $50 in the movie, Pepsi is selling them for $20.15. Unfortunately, they were sold out, as of press time.