I’m sure many of you have seen the Back to the Future movies (and if you haven’t, I definitelyr ecommend them!) What you may not have remembered, however, is that 2015 is the year that Marty (Michael J. Fox) was sent forward to, and so now we can see just how accurate director Robert Zemeckis' vision for the future was.
Things he got Wrong
Although inventors have been working on these for quite some time now, they are unlikely to become widely available any time soon!
People were able to almost instantly turn tiny portions of dehydrated food into full meals (in a machine similar to a microwave). Sadly this can’t be done in real life but it is at least encouraging that the director was able to accurately predict the continued popularity of pizza.
Unfortunately the ability to tie your shoes with a tap of the foot isn’t a reality and even simpler methods of closing your shoes, such as velcro strips, have gone out of fashion.
As convenient as this would be, clothing which can adjust its size to fit your body perfectly is still a far off dream.
The Garden Center fruit dispenser was a device that would hold and preserve fruit, keeping it fresh well past its sell-by date. The machine was programmed to not only provide nutritious snacks but also encourage polite behavior from those that wanted to eat from it.
Trash as fuel
A banana skin and a can of beer were all that was required to get the DeLorean up to 88mph and although there has been plenty of experimentation with waste cooking oil and other bio-fuels, we are not close to being able to utilize pure trash for fuel yet.
The prediction that hoverboards would be a standard mode of transport has most definitely not come true. The closest thing we have today is the HENDO hoverboard, which is a magnetic skate board that will float a couple of inches above a copper surface.
Of course we still have 11 and a half months to go, so there’s still time for these things to become available!
Things he got Right (or sort of Right)
In the film, a man collects money for charity by asking for thumb prints on an electronic device. Today the iPhone 5 and 6 both have fingerprint sensors and Apple Pay uses TouchID for security systems. Square and other services make taking payments through a mobile device quite simple.
Phone glasses and video calling from your TV
In fact these weren’t nearly as advanced as some of the technology we have on our smartphones and of course there is Google Glass. TVs with which you are able to Skype are becoming more and more common.
Not brought to us by Pepsi but Coca Cola instead, who have recently introduced machines that will provide you with over 100 flavors of soda at the push of a button.
Games where you’re in control
"You mean you have to use your hands? That's like a baby's toy," - a young Elijah Wood. The technology is definitely here with Nintento Wii and Kinect for the Xbox.
The ability to control everything from lights, blinds, windows and home security systems by voice or remotely through your mobile device has definitely come true as the movie predicted.
Six Channel TV
The processing power needed to stream multiple channels simultaneously to the same TV screen exists on many modern Smart TVs – although I can’t quite see the need or the appeal!
I wonder if anything else will be added to this list by the end of the year - what are your thoughts?