If you’ve seen the movie “Back to the Future Part II,” you’re probably jealous of its future of flying cars, hoverboards, auto-fit clothes and holographic cinema. The date Marty McFly arrives at is October 21, 2015. Here it is and, of course, none of that has come true. (Well, save a hologram Tupac.) We can dream, though. In fact, here are five wacky gizmos that we’d love to have invade our lives.
We’ve all wanted to be invisible at some point in our lives, whether it’s to escape an embarrassing situation or dodge an ex. The young wizard’s cloak from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” has got to be up there as one of the best fantasy moments in silver screen history.
In the “Star Trek” series, one device has the answer for our frenetic lifestyles: the replicator. It synthesizes meals on demand — and not only food, because it can create almost any object. Despite the fact that 3-D printing technology does exist, this device is still very much out-of-this-world.
The flying car would puts an end to tedious traffic jams. In movies like “Blade Runner,” “The Fifth Element” and in the “Star Wars” series, they’re enviably part of everyday life. While engineers and scientists are still learning how to make an “aeromobile,” for now we’re left in the slow lane.
Despite the fact that today we already have touchscreen phones and computers, we’re still nowhere near the stuff of movie “Minority Report.” The closest we’ve come is the HoloLens headset that promises users the ability to control 3-D holographic images.
The very cool flying skateboard from “Back to the Future Part II” has frustrated its would-be creators for decades now. As of yet, nobody has risen above the rest and invented a truly workable solution — darn it! The closest we’ve come are hoverboards with wheels, which is just not the same — and, we have to admit, pretty obnoxious.