Back to the present?

Every film fan will know that this week is celebrating Back to the Future! The time-travel film from 1989, which saw Doc Brown and Marty McFly travel to October 21st, 2015 in Back to the Future Part II.

Well, we have reached October 21st, 2015, and the reason the film is gaining so much attention is because the film showcases so many futuristic, hi-tech products! So did the creators of Back to the Future envisage today’s technology? Let’s have a look!

  1.    The much debated ‘Hoverboard’.

As awesome as this would be, I personally wouldn’t say this has been fully created yet. It has been established that in order to work it would need magnets under the pavements across the whole world. That said, ‘Arx Pax’ and ‘Lexus’ have created hoverboards, which work on conductive surfaces.

You can watch Marty’s hoverboard here:

Or watch Lexus’ version here:

  1.    Drones

In Back to the Future, drones are basically like humans, they walk dogs and take pictures for news organisations. While drones don’t walk dogs today and news organisations still pretty much take pictures the old-fashioned way, drones are hi-tech pieces that have advanced technology massively.

However, it has recently been reported how global e-commerce giant ‘Amazon’ is testing drones for its delivery service. Packages of up to 2.3kg, could be delivered by a drone to a customer in just thirty minutes from the time of ordering. However, Amazon have warned this technology usage for them could be up to five years away, before it actually happens.

  1.    Payment technology

Marty is asked to donate towards saving the town’s clock (an iconic feature in the film), Marty has a flat, wireless, electronic device that transfers the money. This is an envisaged piece of technology that the film creators said they would never have predicted actually happening. Today we have things such as ApplePay, we can use our smart tablets and phones to pay for anything, anywhere!

Apple Pay is available in over 700,000 locations including: Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Duane Reade, McDonald’s, Sephora, Petco, Panera Bread, Staples, Nike, Walgreens, Subway, Whole Foods and Marriott. However, despite this technology coming into full force, 87% of small merchants still do not accept smartpay solutions, which means we still have a way to go yet.

  1.    Fingerprint recognition

A feature that is now common on most phones and tablets was first seen in Back to the Future when Jennifer (Marty’s future wife) opens her front door using her thumbprint. The film even predicted that there would be a threat to fingerprint technology, that unfortunately we also see today!

  1.    Wearable technology

This is one of my favourite examples! Wearable technology is on the increase, with products that can monitor our heart rates, track our fitness and measure our breathing. While we don’t have instant drying clothes yet or automatic tying shoes, companies such as Nike are working towards trying to create replicas. Inventions such as heels that change color and stain-proof clothing are also predicted to appear soon.

Nike in partnership with the Michael J. Fox foundation raised $4.7 million for Parkinsons research by auctioning off 1,500 limited edition, Nike MAG shoes.

  1.    Video calling

Unfortunately in Back to the Future, future Marty gets fired by his employer over a video call. However, today with the likes of Facetime and Skype, we can video call anyone across the world at any time.

Holograms are also on the agenda for the near future, whilst we have musical versions such as the Frank Sinatra show in London on Broadway, we are still a long way off of perfection. Another great example of this, is the hologram of Tupac performing at Coachella in 2012, you can see the video of that here:

  1.    Cars

THE FLUX CAPACITOR! Doesn’t quite exist yet…(Sorry to get you excited!) However, companies are working towards creating ‘greener’ fuels, electric cars have been engineered, and eco-friendly options are definitely on automobile agendas. Toyota has also partnered with the actors who play Marty McFly and Doc Brown (Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd) to showcase their eco-friendly cars.

  1.    Video glasses

Marty and his wife get ignored when their kids are all distracted by their video glasses at the dinner table. Google did create the video glasses, while not on sale anymore you can grab a pair off of E-bay.

So what are we missing? The levitating car and time travel are clearly not in the near future. However, autopilot cars are now very much on the horizon along with a robot chefs expected to launch in 2017.

What would you have liked to have seen from the film, which doesn’t yet exist? Leave a comment below!

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