Back to the Future 2 has reached the future, again!

Can you believe how time has flown and technology has developed over the years? Back to the Future 2 (BTTF2) has reached the future, again! 30 years ago today Marty McFly, Doc Brown and Jennifer Parker time travelled to the year 2015 to stop Marty’s kids from destroying their lives.

But isn’t it interesting to note that a lot of the predicted technologies from the movie are actually present today. Who would have known that it was possible to create these devices at a time where the Polaroid 600 and Sony Discman D-50 MK2 existed! See some of the technology BTTF2 predicted right and its counterpart today:


The hover board

Lexus has designed and created the Hover board, which looks amazing! Making use of magnetic levitation technology and liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors kept at -197°c, the board is able to travel against land, water and, of course, air and has been put through its paces by pro-skater Ross McGouran in Lexus’ own hoverpark. Sadly, the board is only a prototype device with no plans for commercial release and can only defy gravity for 15 minutes at a time. Take a look at the board in action:


Wearable technology

CEO Satya Nadella has revealed that Microsoft’s augmented reality experience HoloLens will be available to developers “within the next year.”  The head-mounted computer will use holographic technology to present the user with reality imagery, which can be interacted through gaze, voice and hand gestures. Aimed towards developers and enterprises as a prototype edition, the HoloLens will be expected to be used in gaming as one area of application. Take a look at it here:


Video Calls

Video calling has now become a part of our everyday lives! Not only can we use it on a big screen, like in BTTF2, we can video call from our computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Used at work for conferences and interviews (to save time and money on travelling), and personal use and to keep in contact with friends and family who may not live in close proximity to you, video calling is definitely one prediction that BTTF2 got right! What would we do without it today?


Self-tying shoes

Nike is set to release self-tying shoes laces by the end of 2015. BTTF fans and sneaker fans went crazy in 2011 when Nike issued a limited number of Air Mag shoes designed after those from BTTF2 where Marty McFly puts on a pair of Nike trainers with “power laces” that automatically tighten. No one knows whether the laces will appear on the Mag shoe or a new edition – we will just have to wait to see whether it is possible that “power laces” can exist and what they will look like!


Tablet computers

First created in 2000 by Lenovo and later redesigned to have colour screen in 2002 by Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, the tablet has been taken by storm since (! In 2016, it is estimated that 50.5% of the population in the UK will be using a tablet. That’s amazing since it wasn’t created until 15 years ago.


The list goes on…

What about hands free video gaming? Remember when Elijah Wood uses a headset that detects brain frequencies to work? Today we have the Xbox Kinect and virtual reality video games being invented to work with virtual reality goggles like the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.

We can also wear 3D glasses in the cinema – another prediction of the future, when Marty attends a 3D cinema screening.

Biometric technology is also used to let Jennifer into her home. Whilst this is more than often used in airports, banks and other high security points, it has now been introduced to unlock smartphones!

I think we can agree that Back to the Future 2 got a lot of its predictions right – it’s exciting to imagine what’s in store for the next 30 years. Indeed, the IT industry is one of the most fast paced industries to be a part of, who wouldn’t want to a be a part of this interesting sector?!