2015 is almost upon us. Can’t wait to try out my new hoverboard, or jump into my flying car and go for a spin, or perhaps buy myself a pair of those sneakers that tie themselves.
Sadly we’re still a few years from perfecting some of these gizmos but Back to the Future 2 was pretty close to the mark on certain technologies. Here’s a look back, or forward at some of the inventions that made some of us nod our heads and think anything was possible in the future.
Hoverboard: Why don’t we start with the obvious and work our was back to the less obvious. First up is the legendary Hoverboard. Lets face it who wouldn't want one of these, they are the stuff that kids dreams are made of. Shake off those annoying wheels and swap your conventional board to the sleek new Hoverboard. Warning, certain boards cannot be used over water.
There is an actual crowd funding start up company which is working hard to making this dream a reality. I’m not going to go into detail about anti-gravity technology but these guys seem to have all the right ideas.
The flying car: Three films have defined this iconic vehicle. The fifth Element, Back to the Future 2 and Blade Runner, which is set IN 2019 incidentally. Returning to back to the Future, the ability to convert your old road vehicle to a flying car is still the stuff of dreams. However there are a few companies who are working hard to bring this science fiction concept to life.
Power laces: As worn by Marty McFly in BTTF 2. An idea which has actually been on the Nike Drawing board and could be around within the next year or so.
Moving on to the less known concepts, the glasses that Marty Jr wears are a forward thinking idea particularly when Google Glass is now part of everyday life.
Video conferencing is nothing new to the film industry, beyond the Back to the Future franchise video conferencing has been used in science fiction films since the golden age of Hollywood.
Fingerprint door access: Remember when young Jenifer was trapped in the McFly house and wanted out. There was no door handle to Doc Brown told her to use her thumb to unlock the door. These days a wide variety of gadgets use fingerprint access including the latest IPhones.
Rehydrated food: Just add water, or simply put your hydrated pizza in the hand oven used by grandma McFly. Hydrated food has been used by army personnel and astronauts for decades.
Holograms: Besides Stark Industries making use of this technology, stand alone holographic images still remain on the holodeck of the Enterprise. However as developers push the frontiers of science it will only be a matter of time before we see an emerging technology and hear those immortal words ‘Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you are our only hope.’
News Drones and Facial recognition technology: Drones are fast become the new toys of the future. Whether flying over foreign countries or patrolling the streets of Los Angeles. The eye in the sky is forever keeping a watch over the planet’s citizens. Facial recognition technology can spot bad guys and alert the authorities and can even help to find a missing person.