Back to the Future II: Will Technology in 2013 Meet the Predictions of 2015

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Back to the Future II showed what life could be like in 2013. Image by Universal Studios

Back to the Future II showed what life could be like in 2015. Image by Universal Studios

Back to the Future II was made in 1989, but the futuristic parts of the movie are set in 2015. There still seems to be technology that we haven’t reached as yet, but with two years left until the actual date of the movie, how close are we to achieving the advances predicted in Back to the Future’s 2015?

Video Conference With Marty’s Boss

Nowadays, the idea of video conferencing doesn’t seem like that much of a technology breakthrough, but in the 1980s it was a big stretch of the imagination. In 1989, cell phones had only just been invented, but they were not popular – they were huge blocks that never had a signal and people had to practically shout down to communicate, so landline telephones were the best bet for real-time distance communication.

What’s video conferencing like in 2013? Today, video-conferencing technology is extremely common for both business and personal use. Applications such as Skype, Skype on Facebook, and Apple’s FaceTime make it easy to communicate visually on a daily basis over the Internet, via tablet, laptop, desktop, or even smartphone.

Video Goggles for Gaming and Other Entertainment

Back to the Future’s 2015 saw Marty McFly Jr. Using video goggles which tracked his movements in the game  – another piece of technology that was just a dream for the writers in 1989. Video consoles were only just becoming popular, but they were slow, with very basic graphics – think Tetris on the handheld Gameboy that came out in ’89.

Now, however, motion sensor technology is popular for all types of video games, from the Nintendo Wii to Kinect for X-Box. Fitness games have started to replace the old-style fitness tapes or DVDs, and can track movements and score people for their ability to follow the moves perfectly.

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