Did you know? Today is Back to the Future Day! This is the day Marty and Doc Brown traveled to in "Back to the Future Part II."
Fans have been waiting years for 26 years for this day to see if the future of the movie was anything like the future we're living in right now. Sadly, we don't have flying DeLoreans or fusion reactors that run on garbage. But the film actually came close in predicting 10 technologies we have today. They're not exactly like they are in the movie, but they do exist! And who knows: maybe the Cubs will come back and go on to win the World Series, and that prediction will come true, too.
Here are 10 technologies "Back to the Future Part II" predicted:
Marty's pink getaway hoverboard was one of the biggest scene-stealers in the movie. But even though they're not as common as they are in Hill Valley in the movie, they do exist. Here's a hoverboard Lexus helped develop:
As you can see, it's a skateboard that hovers! It can even go over water. Unfortunately, it only works on this special magnetic skate park. We still have a long way to go.
2. Video Calling
Remember this scene where Needles (played by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea) video chats with future Marty?
We've had this exact technology for awhile. Skype, Apple FaceTime, Google Hangouts and many other video chat programs do this with much higher video quality than it seems like Marty is getting.
3. Flat Screen TVs
It's easy to forget that back in 1989 when this movie came out, there was no such thing as a flat screen TV. Almost all TVs had cathode ray tubes and looked more like big square boxes. Not only do the future McFlys watch flat TVs that hang on the wall, they can watch multiple channels at once.
4. 3-D Movies
3-D movies are all the rage right now, but they had 3-D movies back in the '80s as well. They even had them back in 1955, too! In future Hill Valley, 3-D looks more like this:
But in our real-life future, we have 3-D TVs, 3-D handheld devices and more. We don't have this exact technology, but we do have 3-D optical illusions being used on a regular basis, like this famous Tupac performance:
But inventors are working on a real-life holographic projector. This device uses lasers to create plasma in mid-air. We have a long way to go, though. Here's what it looks like:
5. Phone Glasses
Here's Marty Jr. and Marlene wearing VR goggles that also double as video phones:
Remember Google Glass, anyone? Google's wearable face computer has a lot of the functionality of these big glasses at only a fraction of the size. People look just as silly wearing them, however!
6. Self-lacing Sneakers
Nike came out with the Air Mag replica sneakers back in 2011. They were a limited run just for collectors, with proceeds benefiting Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's Disease research fund. They look just like the movie shoes with lights and everything, but they don't have power laces.
But Nike designer Tinker Hatfield promised in an interview that we'd see power lacing sneakers this year.
7. Smart Homes
Many homes in 2015 are completely wired. The lights, temperature, security and windows can be controlled by voice or by smartphone app. The McFlys' future home has automatic lights, doors and security as well.
8. Biometric Scanning
If you're reading this on a late model iPhone or Galaxy or one of several other phones with fingerprint scanners, you know about biometric technology. In the clip you just watched you can see the police open Jennifer's home with their thumbprints. Future Biff also pays for a taxi by scanning his thumb.
9. Hands-free gaming
Remember this scene featuring a very, very young Elijah Wood (from the "Lord of the Rings" movies)?
"You mean you have to use your hands?" Even though video games these days are still mostly buttons and joysticks, the Xbox Kinect makes it possible to play video games with just your body.
In the future of Hill Valley, 2015, news is reported on by flying "hovercams." Here's a clip that's from the Universal Studios ride, but the same technology shows up in the movie when Griff and his gang are getting arrested.
If you've followed Komando.com at all the past few years, you know all about hovering cameras. Drones are all over the news recently, but they're also capturing the news. CNN is one of many organizations using drones to capture footage never before possible, like this from the recent earthquake in Nepal: