Yesterday - Wednesday October 21st 2015 - was the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown go forward in time to at the end of Back To The Future, and spend the beginning of the second film there sorting out Marty's problem future family (and accidentally creating a nasty alternate 1985). There he encounters loads of 'crazy' futuristic inventions, cooked up from the imagination of the film's creators back in 1989 when it was made. At the time, these seemed ridiculous - as if any of this stuff was actually going to happen in our lifetime? Yeah, right!
Well, yes, actually. Strangely, it's the most simple ideas that are the ones that haven't caught on. In spite of it being quite a good look, no-one wears two ties at once like the fictional men of 2015. And when was the last time you sent a fax? Older Marty is fired by fax machine at one point - though how could the screenwriters have known that his boss's line "read my fax!" should have been "check your WhatsApp!"....
BUT - there's more stuff than you might think that's come true since the film was made. Here are some of our favourites.
Nike's Power Laces
Nike's designer Tinker Hatfield (best name ever!) brought out the Air MAG high-top trainers that feature in the film back in 2011, and yesterday the brand announced that they would be re-launching them WITH the Power Lace technology that features in the movie. They describe it as 'an individually responsive system that senses the wearer’s motion to provide adaptive on-demand comfort and support.' Pretty cool, huh? Not only that, but they sent a pair to Michael J. Fox with a handwritten note (and sketch) from Tinker, explaining that the limited edition shoes would be sold at auction and the proceeds would go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Nice one, Nike.
OK, so you open handle-less doors with a press of your thumb yet, but since Apple Pay was released earlier this year you’ve been able to pay for stuff using your fingerprint recognition on your iPhone. How cool?
Marty re-creates the famous skateboard scene around the square of Hill Valley from the first film on a Mattel Hoverboard for the second, which is basically a flying skateboard with no wheels. We're not *quite* there yet, but this year there have been a couple of close calls. Catalin Alexandru Duru broke the world record for the furthest hoverboard flight (275.9 metres) over a lake in Canada in May, and Lexus released a video of skateboarders using a hoverboard that looked almost identical to Marty's, but it received some criticism for only being usable on a metal surface, rather than the concrete and water it was shown on.
Older Marty takes a call from Needles (played by Flea, the bass player from Red Hot Chili Peppers - random!) on a big screen in his living room. That's Skype and FaceTime totally predicted...I mean who even makes a call with just their ears anymore anyway?
3D movies were already around at this time - anyone who visited Universal Studios or Disney World in the late 80s will have enjoyed the Back To The Future ride and Michael Jackson's Captain EO in glorious 3D - so this wasn't so much of a wacky prediction. But being able to watch films in 3D at your average cinema wasn't A Thing like it is now (admit it: you've got at least 3 pairs of 3D glasses knocking around in your kitchen drawers).
And the stuff we're still waiting for...
Wheels are massively over-rated
We've got water-repellent clothes and those brilliant Dyson hand dryers, so surely this one isn't too far away?
Take up far less space in the freezer
Save a fortune on tailoring costs
After all the trouble Marty gets into, we reckon we're happy to wait for this one...