Back to the Future Day: Five things the film predicted which are in use today

A scene from Back to the Future Part II
A scene from Back to the Future Part II

When Back to the Future II was released in 1989, a futuristic far-off 2015 was portrayed.

Some of the technology presented when Marty McFly and Doc Brown travelled to October 21, 2015, seemed worlds away from reality.

Back to the Future Part II

Back to the Future Part II

Today, which has been dubbed Back to the Future Day, National Home Security Month takes a look at some of the inventions and lifestyles the movies predicted 26 years ago, and how they’re not as far-flung as they might have seemed at the time.

Video calling and Smart TVs

Back to the Future was spot on with this prediction and like today, bigger is definitely better. Flat screen, Smart TVs adorn the walls of most modern households with the capability of connecting to the Internet, pausing live content and even video calling. Back to the Future sees Marty receive a video call from his boss, similar to technology today with video calling software such as Skype.

Wearable tech

2015 was the year for wearable tech with Smart watches and fitness trackers becoming more commonplace. However, it’s the hi-tech specs Marty can be spotted wearing at the breakfast table that strike an uncanny resemblance to Google Glass. Although Marty’s could be used to answer the phone, they weren’t far off as Google Glass can send messages, take photographs and even give directions.


Drones might have seemed unthinkable in 1989, however these devices are now available to everyday consumers. Companies such as Amazon want to use them to deliver packages, farmers use them for agricultural management and police for security surveillance. Although the technology to walk the dog isn’t quite here yet, it's probably only a matter of time.


Iris detection and fingerprint scanning are used in the film to gain entry into homes. Smartphones are using thumbprint recognition and iris detection can be found at immigration checkpoints and high-security buildings. As the connected home grows in popularity, prototypes of this technology are in the works.

The connected home

In the film, Marty’s 2015 house is powered by systems not dissimilar to those showcased by the tech giants this year. Marty’s girlfriend, Jennifer, unlocks the front door via a fingerprint scanner and switches on the lights through voice recognition. Today we can use Yale Smart locks via an app or pin code to gain entry.