The time-traveling movie Back to the Future was released in 1985 and it’s sequel was released in 1989. In the second film, Marty McFly travels 30 years into the future and arrives in the year, 2015. Well, 2015 is here and the following are the top 10 technologies Back to the Future Part II prediction:
10. Miami Gets A Baseball Team
Miami didn’t have a baseball team when the movie first came out in 1985, which is why Marty was so surprised to see that they were playing in the World Series. The Miami Marlins was not conceived until 1993 (then the Florida Marlins) and switched to a Miami based team in 2011. The Cubs did go on to face the Marlins in the 2003 Playoffs (not the World Series), but was not successful. Baseball fans should start putting in all bets because if the film is very accurate the Cubs could successfully beat the Marlins in the 2015 Championship game.
9. 3D Movies And Sequels
In the second film, Marty becomes freaked out when a 3D shark pops out of a movie theater and almost swallows him in. Turns out, it was just an ad for Jaws 19 in 3D. We don’t have too many 3D projections of that sort yet—it’s still in the works—but we can still watch 3D stuff in the movie theatres, on our video game control systems, and on our TV screens.
8. Wireless Tablets And Finger Print Technology
When Marty is approached in the future to help save the clock tower, the man approaching him is holding what looks like a tablet. He is able to take Marty’s donation by registering his thumbprint on the screen of the tablet. iPads paved the way for the craze of tablets and many Apple devices, among others, now power fingerprint technology. So, this prediction might be one that most viewers easily recognize as being accurate for 2015.
7. Power Laces
In the movie, Marty had what appears to be Nike Air MAG sneakers, which had power laces that could tie themselves without the use of human hands. Nike designer Tinker Hatfield has said that they will release actual kicks with power laces in 2015. You wouldn’t need to teach your kids to tie the shoe laces, power laces would now do the trick. I wonder if the release coincided with the movies predictions on purpose?
6. Compost Fuel
When Doc Brown appeared back in Hill Valley to gather Marty and his very confused girlfriend to take him back to the future and snapped, “I need fuel!” everyone was sure it meant another run in with the Libyans. But Doc had some new tricks up his gold lame sleeves. Instead of plutonium, he tossed banana peels, eggshells, beer and even the beer can itself that he found in the trash can into the “Mr. Fusion” fuel generator and, voila, fuel. Today, cars that run on alternative fuel sources are growing fast. Willie Nelson has been traveling the country in a tour bus powered by corn oil since 2007. Also, All Power Labs of Oakland, California created a trash-powered Honda Accord that uses gasification technology in 2009. The road to these vehicles being parked in every driveway across the country might be long. But roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.
5. Flying Drones
Flying drones were ever-present in the film’s version of 2015. They were used for everything from walking a dog to capturing images for news agencies. The predictions were correct as we now have drones being used for commercial purposes. Although they are not used for walking dogs, they are available to consumers for $1,000 each. Amazon is even hoping to deliver mail to consumers via flying drones in the near future.
In the movie, viewers were able to catch a glimpse of a wireless electronic device that was used by elderly Terry to ask Marty to electronically donate $100 to save the historic clock tower. This tech gadget is now referred to as a tablet and almost every personal consumer electronic brand is selling one, from Microsoft to Acer to ASUS to Apple.
3. Video Conferencing
From Skype to Facetime to Periscope and Meekat – video chat and live streaming services are here to stay. However in the 1980s, they were the stuff of SciFi and unfortunately for Marty it was used to deliver bad news – “You’re Fired”.
2. Flat Screen TV
TV sets used to be massive, bulky things that would take up lots of space in the room, but director Robert Zemeckis cleverly predicted that wall-mounted flat screens would become the norm…and it sure did. Those bulky TVs have been replaced and almost every home now has a plasma or flat screen TV.
1. Digital Glasses
While he’s in 2015, Doc Brown spies on people with the use of a small, handheld device that functions like a pair of high-tech binoculars. You can get those digital binoculars in the form of Google Glass from Google Inc. Unfortunately, the tech is so costly that not many people have it.
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