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(NEW YORK) — When Marty McFly was sent 30 years into the future as part of the plot in Back to the Future Part II, he arrived in a time when there were hoverboards zipping around, people wore self-lacing shoes and flying cars were the norm.

That year? 2015.

Sure, there was a lot the film got wrong about 2015, but there are some things it got right, too.

Let’s take a look:

Right On, McFly

1. Flat screen televisions, Skype-like communication and card readers

“Nobody calls me ‘chicken,’ Needles,” an older McFly says to Douglas Needles via a screen before scanning a card remotely. “Nobody.”

2. Biometrics

While people are identified when their eyes are scanned in the film and other biometric technology, today people can use their fingerprints to unlock their iPhones or check into a 24 Hour Fitness gym.

3. 3-D Tech

In the film, Marty McFly gets a fright on the street by a 3-D “hologram” of Jaws 19.


1. Flying cars, Hovercraft

In the Jaws 19 scene, McFly sees an ad for Wilson Hover Conversion Systems in which “now you don’t have to worry about traffic” with “skyway flyers” for $39,999.95.

We don’t have quite the same hovercraft today and even in the movie, they had limitations: “Hey McFly, you bojo, those boards don’t work on water!”

2. Self-lacing Shoes

The 5-year-old in us still wishes for this.

Back in February, Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield said he hoped self-tying sneakers might one day become a reality.

3. Fax machines, phone booths

Though fax machines and phone booths seem to be widely used in McFly’s future, cellphones and email have all but replaced their use today.

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