September 19, 2015, Kitchener, Ontario
Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer
Back in 1989, an eccentric movie series made some bold predictions about human life would be like on October 21st 2015. Now twenty-six years later, the Waterloo Record has now published an article, analyzing how accurate the Back to the Future movie franchise was on 2015.
In Back to the Future 2, the sequel to the 1985 Back to the Future, continues the story of high school senior Marty McFly and his adventures with time-travelling. Him and his friend and orthodox scientist Doctor Brown head to the future, 2015, to save the present, 1985. While in the future, audiences are presented with some wild ideas about what the future will look like, from smart clothing to hover boards, the question today is how much of that stuff really exists in 2015?
You would be surprised by the results and probably shocked to discover that some of these items came out earlier than 2015.
For instance, one of the first items which was manufactured in 2011 was the famous self-tying sneakers Marty wore; the Nike MAG’s (Magnetic Anti-Gravity). While Nike did release a collection of these, the shoes unfortunately don’t come equipped with self-tying lace.
Speaking of clothing, although clothes have yet to be able to adjust to the wearer, or dry themselves, clothing companies have invented shirts that can monitor health and control things such as moisture and body odour; abilities that make these clothes very futuristic.
There are also other products from the movies that are already in existence, dehydrated food, video glasses, handless video games, automated restaurant servers and flying cameras.
But, while there are many gadgets and products that are alike with the props seen in Back to the Future, the only products that have yet to make it into stores are the most exciting items to appear onscreen, the hover board and the flying cars. There may not be any hover boards on our sidewalks or flying cars in the skies, companies are on their way to making them.
As of June 2015, Lexus has been in the process of testing their hover board prototypes, the Lexus SLIDE. When it comes to flying cars, technology might not be there yet to produce cars with such capabilities, however, a company called Terrafugia is creating airplanes that are compact as cars, and even have fold-up wings are being mass produced within the next decade.
Maybe the Back to the Future franchise didn’t get everything right when they released their sequel, but their idea of what future looks like is more of a reality than realized.