22 Oct What ‘Back to the Future II’ got right (and wrong) about Oct. 21, 2015
We have finally made it to the future — or at least the day in the “future” that Marty McFly goes forward in time to in “Back to the Future II”: Oct. 21, 2015. Soon, the entire “Back to the Future” series will have actually taken place in the past.
But just how well did “Back to the Future II” predict our present? Here are a few places where the movie hit — and missed.
Hoverboards. Perhaps no single piece of predicted technology from the film has caused more buzz than the hoverboard. It was basically a skateboard that floated over the ground instead of using wheels. And we have hoverboards now, sort of. But the versions around now typically need to have a metal course to fly around — so it’s not really useful for the kind of boarding seen in the film.
Handsfree gaming. In a scene at an ’80’s retro cafe in the movie, kids taunt McFly for playing a video game with his actual hands. And while gaming consoles still come with controllers today, add-ons like the Xbox Kinect have made hands-free gaming a reality.