It’s Back To The Future Day! But What Did They Get Right About 2015?

It’s Back to the Future day!

You know what that means? Marty McFly’s running around somewhere trying to stop his son from being bullied.But that’s not everything, all those years ago we got an insight into what we could expect from late 2015. Gadgets and all.

But how accurate was the film? What was in the film that is common practice now? Well…

Self tying shoes

The shoes. The amazing self-tying shoes. They’re just too cool. Marty seemed pretty underwhelmed with them at the time but we all got it. We understood the majesty.

But are they happening now? Are they?

Looks like it. Word is they have pressure sensitive soles that tighten the laces upon your putting your foot in… but that is just “word”. Power Laces from a Canadian company also exist on Kickstarter. So the future is now.

Flying cars

At the end of Back to the Future, Doc tells usthat roads are obsolete (not in those words). Then they fly. The place goes crazy. Cars can fly?! Whaaaaaaaaaat?!?!?!?!?

But were they right?!


Not even close. This is like the closest we have.

OK maybe we have something a little closer in theAeromobil 3.0.but look at it…

It’s all wrong. And it’s only a concept that isn’t commercially available now. So…

Smart clothes

The jacket shrinks to you size, dries you when you’re wet, and probably does other things… a pez dispenser?

Okay so whilst electric heated jackets exist. They’re full of wires and stuff, they’re dangerous and they don’t explicitly blow dry. So no for that.

And you don’t need to be told that clothes don’t shrink to fit you.


Gone are the days or billboards and even screens. Holograms are now the thing!

Want to know who’s playing in… the game?? Then look at them holograms, dog. It’s the cubs… they’re a team, right?

But are holograms a thing now? Well sort of. Remember in 2012 when the powers that be immortalised Tupac with a hologram at Coachella? Well…

OK it’s not exactly the same as they’re not on every street corner, but even so, if they were, it would probably end up like this…

What we have is better…

Jaws 19

OK so technically the franchise ended at Jaws The Revenge (the 4th one), but we’ve found some loopholes…

Universal themselves released a trailer for Jaws 19 (granted, is was for a laugh but you know…)

And also, that hologram Jaws is both dryANDcoming from the sky…

But even so…

Elijah Wood being small


Robot waiters



Well, having said that, there are these things from China…


These probably left the biggest impression on us. Hovering!? Come on!!!! Floating down the street, future wind flowing through your hair. Amazing.

But you know, the kiddiwinks in the film seemed pretty casual with the hoverboards so surely that means we have them?

Well we sort of do. Granted it’s only early days, they seem pretty thick and probably mega expensive but, COME ON!!!!!!! Hoverboards exist!


Growing pizzas

Not really the inovation we were all waiting for, rather a way of advertising Pizza Hut and Black & Decker in one go. Crafty.OK small pizzas exist. That’s good enough, right? Well Yeah it is good enough if you like small foods that stay small.

But what if you combine a small pizza with a big pizza?! You get a… medium pizza. Or a big pizza with a small pizza on top of it.

So this gets a big fat

So five out of nine!

It’s far from ideal. So basically, this is being written in London which is eight hours ahead of California, which is where Back to the Future is set, so if you’re listening, Pizza Hut, Service industry, jacket makers, Universal pictures and car manufacturers, you have eight hours.

Pick your game up!

Some more honourable mentions…

  • Wearing two ties – Nope
  • Inside-out trouser pockets – We’re probably not far
  • Video calling – Yes!
  • Rejuvenation clinics – Sadly

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