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It’s 2015, the year Doc Brown and Marty McFly flew to in Back To The Future part II. But has it lived up to the hype?
There may not be any flying cars or time-travelling Deloreans yet – but Back To The Future was alarmingly spot on with many predictions.
So here’s what it got right, and what we’re only slightly bitter about that we haven’t yet received.
Anyone fancy a rehydrated pizza?
1. Hands-free gaming
Remember the line ‘you have to use your hands? That’s like a baby’s toy!’? Hello to the birth of the Xbox Kinect.
2. Flying cars
The Transition, designed by Massachusetts-based Terrafugua Inc., the company’s prototype flying car, during its first flight. The vehicle has two seats, four wheels and wings that fold up so it can be driven like a car, and flew at 1,400 feet for eight minutes during the test. Commercial jets fly at 35,000 feet. This prototype flying car goes on display at the New York Auto Show this week. March 23, 2012 photo provided by Terrafugia Inc.
OK so they’re not in mainstream use and cost $200,000 from Terrafugia, but they are around and they do exist. They have folding wings for the road and can fly 500 miles on 20 gallons of fuel. Quick lunch in Berlin, anyone?
3. 3D movies
3D movies have been around for years, but were they predicted by this giant Jaws popping out of the top of the cinema?
4. The Hoverboard
THEY EXIST! And hopefully will be available by October 2015 *crosses fingers*.
5. Power laces
Possibly the laziest invention ever, the power laces sported by Marty McFly do exist in the Nike Air Mags, although you’ll need about £5,000 for the convenience of not having to bend down in the middle of the street to tie your shoe.
6. Video communication
Oh hi there, Skype.
7. Video glasses
And hi there to you, Google Glass.
8. The thumb plate
For now you may not be able to open your home without fumbling for your house keys – but this technology exists and is in use. Example: The iPhone with thumb print unlocking.
What Back To The Future II has not yet delivered:
1. Self-drying clothes
There are clothes that dry our sweat, self-iron and repel spills, but none that are quite as good as Marty McFly’s ‘life-preserver’ jacket that dries itself in about five seconds after he falls in a pond. Anyone who went to a uni by the sea will know the need for these after a night clubbing ends with an ill-advised fully-clothed dip.
2. Predicting weather to the exact moment
This ability is definitely necessary.
3. The food hydrator
An oven that turns something the size of a digestive biscuit into a pizza that feeds a family of six? Come on Black & Decker, we need this.
4. Notable mentions: The dog-walking drone, the voice-activated fruit basket, the TV waiters, the sleep-inducing alpha-rhythm generator, the floating thing for when you put your back out, face peels that make you younger.
Sort it out, science guys.
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