Look to the future

By Travis Baugh

Staff Photographer

In the 1989 film “Back to the Future II,” protagonist Marty McFly crosses the boundaries of the space-time continuum along with his girlfriend Jennifer Parker and mad scientist Emmett “Doc” Brown to reach Oct. 21, 2015.

Marty McFly and Emmett “Doc” Brown will finally get back to the future on Oct. 21, 2015 and the world today is not too far from what they will be expecting.

Hover-boards and flying cars

Possibly the most desirable technology from “Back to the Future II” is the hover-board. Lexus revealed a functioning hoverboard in August. It may not be Mattel’s pink hoverboard from the film, but we are one step closer to cruising in style. The technology is not true anti-gravity. The board works on a system of magnetic suspension and superconductors being cooled with liquid nitrogen and is bulky and impractical.


During Marty and Doc’s trip to the future, they encounter many situations in which they must use a person’s fingerprint to open doors or pay for things. Biometrics is not as common as depicted in the film, but the technology is used in some phones from manufacturers such as Samsung and Apple. Much like in the film, one can outfit their front door with a biometric lock.

Power laces

The first thing Marty did when he arrived in 2015 was change his clothes. Self-fitting or drying clothes are not here yet, but by the end of the year, Nike has said they are going to release the self-tying sneakers McFly wears in the film. The Nike Air Mags will have power laces and look and function like the ones in the film.