15 things Back to the Future II told us we’d have by October 21st 2015

Marty and Doc Brown’s 1989 film sequel made some big promises about the technology we'd have today...



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OK, so we have electric cars. That’s done. But what we don’t have is a Mr Fusion attached to the back of our motors, which converts every day rubbish into fuel. Beats worrying about which colour bin food waste goes in… 

Aside from a few boy racers taking corners rather too fast, the wheels of our vehicles are still firmly on the ground. Yet, when Marty and Doc pop up in the future they’re caught on the wrong side of a flying car highway. We should be zipping our way through the sky, past hovering street signs and seemingly weightless street lamps, shouldn’t we? Sure there are prototypes but no one’s flying to Tesco for their weekly shop, are they?

Marty’s Nike MAGS with power laces are the shoes we’ve all dreamed of owning, right? A small number of replica MAGS were sold without the self-tying function in 2011, with proceeds going to the Michael J Fox Foundation. But according to famed Nike designer Tinker Hatfield they’re on their way this year. THIS YEAR. NiceKicks.com even managed to pull the patent papers. Make room in your wardrobe, now. 

Hands up if you want to look 30 years younger? Yeah, the Doc doesn’t have to worry about night creams or keeping an eye on what he’s eating. He just has a quick visit to a rejuvenation clinic, and boom! – he’s a spring chicken once more. Sure there’s plenty of spas and cosmetic surgery options, but this sounds like quite the step up…

“I went to a rejuvenation clinic and got an all-natural overhaul,” Doc Brown said. “They took out some wrinkles, did a hair repair, changed the blood, added a good 30 to 40 years to my life. They also replaced my spleen and colon – what do you think?”

Our weather forecasts let us know that we may need an umbrella in our bag at some point in the next three days. Doc Brown is able to predict exactly when it will stop raining just by looking at his watch. To the “tick” as he says. Doc goes on to credit the “Weather Service” who he says is far more reliable than the Post Office, which will apparently still be unreliable. Damn. 

Not that we should have to worry about the rain with a Weather Service like that, but Back to the Future also promised us self-drying jackets for if we were caught in a downpour. And at the touch of a button Marty can also make the jacket adjust to his size. Well, it would mean skipping the fitting room queue, wouldn’t it?

You might think you’re rather swish when you pull into the ‘pay at pump’ lane and bypass that tiresome visit to the person behind the till. Well, Back to the Future thinks we’ll be met (in our flying cars of course) by a robot that will fill our tanks and process the payment for us. We’re waiting…

Jaws spawned several sequels, but Jaws 19?! We’re pretty far off that. And forget 3D movies: Marty gets ‘attacked’ by a holographic shark that leaps from the theatre to entice him into the cinema. Bring it on!

Clearly Universal agree it should be a thing, mocking up this fake trailer for the 19th instalment where apparently it gets really, really personal.

Who wants a fruit bowl when you can have an indoor garden centre that appears and retracts on command. Marty wants some fruit, and what do you know, there appears a bowl from the ceiling bursting with delightful treats. Is anyone on this? Anyone?

Many parents probably think they already are the family’s automatic dog walkers. But Back To The Future thought it would be a floating robot doing the walking duties. It’s not clear if it can play catch… 

You know how you can never see a rubbish bin when you need one? Not in 2015, apparently, when rubbish bins will fly by at the perfect moment.

We’re yet to skip to boredom of commuting for an early morning ride on a ‘hoverboard‘, but the reality of a flying skateboard seems to be on the horizon. From Kickstarter campaigns to car manufacturer Lexus’s efforts, it’s safe to say people are on the case. Hoverboard has even been added into the Oxford English Dictionary. Start filling that Piggy Bank. 

In a neat tie in with the anniversary Pepsi Perfect is actually a thing.

“Fans have always been a little crazy about it,” Lou Arbetter, PepsiCo’s senior director of marketing, told The Hollywood Reporter. “So we wanted to take advantage of the fact that Marty traveled to the future, to this month, and wanted to actually come out with the product.”


But residents of the modern era might not have a very easy time getting hold of a bottle of Pepsi Perfect. Just 6,500 limited edition bottles will be released and they’ll cost $20.15 each (that’s £13.29… although that is cheaper than a Hoverboard). Although, not to be too picky, but we’re yet to find a place where bottles pop out of tables on command. It’s a vending machine but somehow better.