Marquette, MI – October 21, 2015 – Way back in 1989 Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg made some hilarious predictions about the future in Back to the Future Part II. My favorites are hoverboards, hover cars, Nike Air Mag power-lacing shoes, Pizza Hut dehydrated pizza, Pepsi Perfect, and Jaws 19.
If you’re a fan of the Back to the Future franchise, you know that October 21, 2015 is the future date that Marty McFly travels to in the second movie to fix everything that his kids are destroying. If you haven’t seen the series of movies, they’re worth the watch if you can find them on Netflix or at Family Video.
So let’s do a quick rundown of the predictions and how far off Zemeckis and Spielberg actually were.
Check! We have hoverboards – well, we actually have more of a magnetic levitation board. It hovers, but it requires a special conductive surface for its electromagnetic levitation to work – it can’t just hover anywhere. The original version rode sort of a like a bulky version of an air hockey puck. The Hendo 2.0 should make its debut today and since Tony Hawk was involved in the design process, it promises to be a bit more sleek and skateboard-esque than the original clunky hovering platform design. For video of Tony Hawk on the original Hendo Hover, click here.
Uh, nope. Overshot the mark on that one, boys. It doesn’t look like we’ve got any flying DeLoreans ready to roll (er, float?) into production just yet. Several car makers and inventors are working on it though. I assume hovering vehicles, like the Hendo hover board, will be accomplished through magnetic levitation, so they’ll need an electrical grid installed into roadways. And although that sounds far-fetched, researchers at Stanford are on it – they’ve already looked at how an embedded electrical grid in U.S. highways could also be used to guide and charge autonomous vehicles, according to CNET.
Nike Air Mag Power-Lacing Shoes
So close… the last word on the Air Mags was in January of 2015, saying that Nike hoped to release them this year. I guess we’ll have to wait until the end of today to see if that happens – today would be the perfect day to release them.
Pizza Hut Dehydrated Pizza
Thankfully, that prediction hasn’t come to fruition either… yet. IGN posted a video asking pizza companies if they are working on making this abomination an actual thing. Pizza Hut responded to the video with “Stay tuned.” Considering that the only way to rehydrate something right now is by boiling it, I’m hoping Pizza Hut is just kidding. Boiled pizza sounds nasty.
Pepsi Perfect is here! For a limited time, you can get your own Pepsi Perfect. Head over to Pepsi.com and make a live online purchase for your drink of the future. With only 6,500 collectible bottles available at $20.15 each, if this is a prop you need to complete your Back to the Future collection, you’d better be quick today. Interestingly enough, Pepsi went back in time for the recipe on this futuristic drink – you won’t find any high-fructose corn syrup in it. It’s basically a real-sugar Pepsi.
Will you be watching a holographic Jaws 19 any time soon? Nope. We’re 14 movies away from that one. Oh well, at least we have the trailer:
So there you have it. Out of the five goofy predictions that I remember from the movie, we already have two and who knows how many more Back to the Future II items will be released by the end of the day? “Stay tuned!” ;)
What’s your favorite fantastical item from the Back to the Future series?