As we approach 2015, how close are we to the future imagined in Back to the Future Part II? You may be surprised at how prescient that was! Gamma Squad takes a look at five technologies from the movie that are on the verge of becoming reality, if not already so. Like TVs:
There’s also sorts of strange TV technology in Hill Valley; displays you can roll up like a piece of paper, multiscreen TVs, weirdly shaped TVs. And believe it or not, out of all the technology featured in the movie, this is easily the one most likely to be completely true by October 2015.
Why? TV manufacturers are desperate. 4K, despite the hype, is largely selling only in China and if you’re not buying a new TV, TV manufacturers can’t make money. So they’ve been looking into new, strange technologies, no matter what they are. Flexible displays are already starting to become commonplace in phones, as they’re less likely to break. And new technology allows TV companies to essentially make a TV or a display in any shape they want, and surprisingly thin, too.
The rest has to do with flying cars, biometrics, and of course, hover boards. Not bad for a movie that came out in 1989!