5 Technologies Predicted in Back to the Future 2 that are Now Common in Aerospace

October 21, 2015 | Author: Ed Tribble

As Marty McFly walks into Hill Valley of 2015, the world is a much different place: There are flying cars, self-drying clothes, and holographic movies. Now that we are actually in 2015, it’s fun to see all the gadgets the writers thought would be big in the future. No, hoverboards didn’t make it. And flying cars aren’t here. Yet. But the writers weren't too far off.

Here are five technologies that seemed super-futuristic when the movie came out, but are now part of our everyday social fabric. They've also have found their way into aerospace.

1. ) Tablets


Most people watching Back to the Future 2 miss this piece of technology. It's subtle. The guy wanting to fix the clock tower holds up a tablet when he’s soliciting donations. Of course, today many pilots fly with tablets and use them to monitor weather, file flight plans, and view airport maps.

2.) Voice Recognition

Voice Recognition

When Marty gets to his house of the future, he’s mesmerized by the big flat screen TV. Even more surprising: his son can change the channel with his voice. The same thing happens later when Jennifer tells the oven to hydrate the pizza.

Of course, voice recognition became mainstream in 2011 when Siri became part of the iPhone. Today, voice recognition software is finding its way into the cockpit. Honeywell has already flight tested a system that can enter voice commands from the pilot into the avionics.

3.) Drones


The fight outside the courthouse becomes front page news, via a USA Today drone. Drones are quickly becoming part of the aerospace landscape. Honeywell engineers must have been inspired by the scene: we developed the T-Hawk about 10 years ago.

4.) Screens Everywhere


In Marty McFly’s 2015, TV screens are everywhere. This trend is common in cockpits, where the steam gauges have been replaced by LCD displays.

5.) Google Glass/Virtual Reality

Google Glass

​In the McFly house of 2015, the kids sit around the dinner table immersed in their technology. (Another prediction gone right!) They wear what could either be Google Glass or virtual reality. Google Glass has found its way into the cabin, and virtual reality has become a crowd pleaser at many recent trade shows.

What are some of the outlandish technologies that we will see in 2045? Let us know in the comments section.

Ed Tribble

Ed Tribble

Ed Tribble is a Marketing/Communications professional for Honeywell Aerospace. Before coming to Honeywell in 2013, he spent a decade working as a local television news reporter in several markets.

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