Although there have been numerous memes online saying “Today is the day that Marty & Doc went into the future”, the 21st of October 2015 really is the day that we all joined the duo in sampling a dizzying taste of the future!
As a child of the 80s, I can clearly remember the first time I watched “Back to the Future: Part 2” and sat in awe at the amazing vision of 2015 conjured up in this second part of Robert Zemeckis’ classic trilogy. Although many predictions as to the technology of 2015 were made, some turned out to be more accurate than others.
Below is a list of my top 5 favourite pieces of 2015 technology from the film and whether or not they panned out:
5) 3D movies: Although 3D movies have been around for decades, recent years have seen a dramatic upsurge in 3D films and the use of flat screens in the home have allowedthe viewing of 3D films. However the fully three dimensional, holographic depictions of Jaws in the film are quite a way away.
4) Self tying laces: I really wanted a pair of these when I was a kid and it seems that Nike have indeed made moves to develop these. An article in the Independent in early 2015 gave details regarding the power laces being tightened by wheels and motors in the soles of the shoes.
3) Video calls/fax machines/public phones: We have actually far exceeded the predictions of BTTF2 in that you can video chat, watch TV, message and do a myriad of other communication related tasks using a tiny device which can easily fit in the palm of your hand. The faxes throughout Marty’s 2015 seem laughable given that so much is done electronically now (I rarely print anything any more) and the public phone booths seen just off the main square in Hill Valley give a chuckle too!
2) Hover Boards: Everyone wanted one of these in the 1980s, so much so that an urban legend came about saying that they actually existed! Although Tony Hawk was shown riding the first real hover board in late 2014, it’s not really a true, go anywhere design but requires magnets embedded in the surface over which the board is being used.
1) Flying Cars: As someone keen on both aircraft and cars, I drooled over the hover-converted DeLorean. Flying cars have been a pipe-dream since heavy than air aircraft first flew and whilst none have taken shape they are a lot closer than they have been. The hover conversion process of the film still seems far fetched but companies like Terrafugia are hoping to open this market with their TF-X.
Do you agree with my top 5? What were your favourite technologies?