Sunday, September 11, 2011

Five inventions from Back To The Future that came true

The blockbuster trilogy of Back to the Future (BTTF) had Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) going to and from 80s to the 50s, heading into the future of 2015 and finally back to the Wild West circa 1885.
I wonder if Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale ever imagined that the futuristic inventions, brought to screen in their sci-fi adventure film, would ever actually exist? I imagine the two gentlemen smiling at our collective naiveté, after all, if you can think you can do it.

1.) Videophones

BTTF brought us a gigantic wall mounted “videophone.” Today we have Skype and iChat.

2.) Biofuel

Doc Brown shoved organic matter a Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor to fuel the famous DeLorean (too bad no one could see into the future regarding how much DeLorean’s SUCK!). Today, biodiesel is increasingly being considered as an alternative fuel source.

3.) Digital Binoculars

Digital zoom and facial recognition has been a part of our daily lives for several years.

4.) Holographic TV

We might be safe from a holographic Jaws 19 jumping out of the screen, but not from IMAX 3D or 3D videogames.

5.) Split-Screen TV

Marty uses a TV to watch six different channels at once, something that we probably wouldn’t have imagined as a reality, but here it is and sports fans are the better for it!

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