Tecnology Still Has A Long Way To Go To Match The Technology Predicted In Back To The Future II: Real Back To The Future Gadgets

By Michael Avery in Science and Technology On 23rd October 2015

#1 Hoverboards

First up on the list, obviously, is the hoverboard. We've seen a lot of pseudo-hoverboards over the years, but recently there have been a few interesting options coming out. They might not be true hoverboard like in Back to the Future, but we're getting a lot closer. First is the Hendo Hoverboard and Lexus hoverboard. Both of these hoverboard works by using magnetic fields to help the boards hover. The only downside? You need a special surface to be able to ride them. Although when you ARE on one of those special magnetic surfaces, holy crap do they look really cool. If you wanted something you could ride in any environment, there's the Omni hoverboard. And really its just a giant drone that you can stand on, but who cares, still looks totally badass and still makes us want one. Although you could certainly argue that it looks more like the Green Goblin's glider than marty's hoverboard. Will we ever get a true hoverboard? Barring some kind of paradigm-changing scientific breakthrough it's unlikely, but we're still holding out.

#2 Flying Cars

Next up are flying cars, and again reality doesn't quite live up to the depiction in the movie, but there is still one car actually planned for commercial release that can take flight, and that's the Terrafugia TF-X. When it's released, the TF-X will be capable of carrying four passengers comfortably, and it's foldable wing design makes it easy to take it on the road. The greatest part about the TF-X is that it's capable of vertical take-off and landing, like in back to the future, so you won't have to worry about finding a runway in order to takeoff. The vehicle will be capable of braving distances as far as 500 miles at a time, at top speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. Certainly beats sitting in rush-hour traffic. It will function like a plug-in hybrid, using gas to charge the batteries when necessary, but also plugging in when you get home. And due to the compact folding design, you'll be able to park it in a standard construction single car garage. It might not be a flying Delorean, but it's not half bad.

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#3 Nike MAG shoes

While the past two items were approximations of the gadgets in Back to the Future, many of the brands that had products featured in the trilogy actually came back and released those exact products.

One of the most coveted are the Nike MAG shoes - complete with electroluminescent soles. Nike only made 1,500 pairs of these, and they were sold on eBay, with all proceeds going to the Michael J Fox Foundation. In total, the 1,500 shoes raised $4.7 million.

#4 Bruin Leather sneakers

On a less exciting but more attainable note, Nike also decided to re-release the Bruin Leather sneakers that Marty wears in the Trilogy. Those are on sale now.

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#5 Auto-drying jacket

As for his auto-drying jacket, you can buy an approximation of it on eBay, but there is no official jacket.

#6 Pepsi Perfect

And last of course, and the cause of a lot of frantic and angry internet shoppers, is Pepsi Perfect. Pepsi decided to release 6,500 bottles, and they sold out pretty much immediately. Although with the firestorm of demand for Pepsi Perfect, we have a hard time imagining that Pepsi won't release more in the future, so stay tuned.