8 Back to the Future Technologies That Actually Exist

  • March 09, 2014
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Hands Free Video Games

Hey, remember the scene in the 1980’s themed diner in which Marty shows a very young Elijah Wood how to play the game Wild Gunman? The scene ends with little Frodo and his buddy telling Marty that playing a video game with your hands is the equivalent of a baby’s toy, before shuffling off to, we can only assume, try to finally destroy the ring in Mt. Doom. Thanks to technology like the Xbox Kinect, little Elijah was dead on accurate about how video games would advance. Sure, most people still use controllers to play games, but between Kinect and the Wii, motion controlled games are very common, so we’re going to give some major props to Back to the Future II for calling that one.

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Drone Technology

Drones are a bit of a controversial subject, since the primary use has been for military purposes. You know, like unmanned bombing missions and so forth. However, that’s not all drones can be used for, and in fact they have been used in the same way that a drone was used in Back to the Future II. Remember when Griff crashes into the clock tower and his photo is immediately taken for USA Today? Well, the flying machine taking the pictures was pretty much a drone, right? This technology has been used for journalistic purposes, as well, such as during the Occupy Wall Street movement. It’s also been talked about for delivering beer and pizza, which to us would be the best possible use for that kind of technological advancement.

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Computer Tablets

Poor Marty McFly is always getting hassled about that damn clock tower at the center of town. No matter what time period he winds up in, someone is always trying to shake him down for money to fix it, build it, or maintain it. In 2015, just about as soon as he gets into town some old dude wanders up to him and starts hitting him up for a donation. What you may not have noticed though is that he’s using what is very clearly a rough idea for a tablet. No one really could have predicted that computers would advance as far as they have, let alone small, interactive tablets like the iPad, Kindle, and so forth, so it’s a pretty cool prediction by the folks behind Back to the Future II that they actually managed to get right.

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Compostable Fuel for Cars

At the beginning of Back to the Future II, Doc Brown shows up at Marty’s house telling him he’s got to accompany him to 2015 to save his kids. Marty, having been used to the Delorean requiring plutonium to make the trip, is astonished to learn that Doc has had some changes made to the Delorean including the ability to power the flux capacitor, and the car in general, on general waste. Doc starts shoving garbage into his “Mr. Fusion” and soon enough, they’re off and running. Well, we may not have a Mr. Fusion quite yet, but people have developed the necessary technology to run a car using nothing but compost. The most notable company to conceive of this technology is E-Fuel, a Silicon Valley based company. And while we applaud their incredible ingenuity, let’s face it: we’d all still rather have that damn Hover Board.

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