CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Christmas Gift Guide

The Mattel hoverboard

A Lexus hoverboard

Flying cars

The AeroMobil 3.0

Pay with your thumb

Apple Pay

High-tech specs

Microsoft's HoloLens

Video calls

Primed for video calls

More thumb tech

Siri-powered smart lock

Kitchen of the future

3D-printed pancakes

If you're a "Back to the Future" fan, then Wednesday is a big day. It marks the day Marty McFly arrived in the future in the 1989 sequel.

Marty jumps out of the Doc Brown's DeLorean into the future on October 21, 2015. The movie is filled with flying cars, hoverboards and smart-home technology. It's not a mirror image of the world we live in today, but it does manage to get quite a bit of our current technology right.

Here's a look at 2015 tech in "Back to the Future Part II" and where it stands in real life.

Caption by / Photo by Universal Pictures

The hoverboard is one of the most iconic pieces of tech in "Back to the Future Part II." Marty outmaneuvers Griff and his gang on a bright pink Mattel hoverboard he takes from a little girl.

Caption by / Photo by Universal Pictures

In real life, your hoverboard options are limited. Lexus built a hoverboard that relies on magnets and liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors, but it only works on a custom surface in Barcelona, Spain. There's the Hendo hoverboard, but it too requires a special surface. You can also craft your own hoverboard using leaf blowers, plywood and some everyday tools.

Caption by / Photo by Lexus

"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads," says Doc Brown. In the movie, flying cars have taken over by 2015. Highways have been replaced by "skyways," and hover conversion kits, which turn regular road cars into flying cars, are available for $39,999.95.

Caption by / Photo by Universal Pictures

There are a handful of companies working on flying cars in real life but none are currently available to the public. Slovakian company AeroMobil aims to have its flying car on sale in 2017.

Caption by / Photo by AeroMobil

Nobody carries cash in the future. Instead, thumbprints are used to complete transactions. In "Back to the Future Part II," Marty is asked to "thumb a hundred bucks" to help save the clock tower.

Caption by / Photo by Universal Pictures

"Back to the Future II" nailed the idea that people would ditch wallets full of cash and credit cards, and instead opt for forms of mobile payment. Apple Pay and Samsung Pay both let you use a fingerprint to pay for items using your smartphone. Smartphone payments at retailers are expected to surge to $118 billion by 2018, according to market researcher eMarketer.

Caption by / Photo by CNET

Both of Marty's future children sport a pair of video glasses at the dinner table. These high-tech specs apparently let them watch TV and make phone calls.

Caption by / Photo by Universal Pictures

In real life, the high-tech glasses imagined in "Back to the Future Part II" could be just a few years away. The first major wave of virtual reality headsets, including the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Gear VR, will be available to consumers by early next year. Microsoft is expected to release a version of its HoloLens, which projects 3D images in front of your eyes and overlays them on real-world environments, for software developers in 2016. Google stopped selling its controversial Glass eyewear in January but is reportedly working on a new version.

Caption by / Photo by microsoft-hololens-1

"No one calls me chicken," the grown-up Marty McFly declared during a video call on his TV. He agreed to help his co-worker Needles with some type of money-making scheme. Unfortunately, the next video call to pop up on the TV is from McFly's boss.

Caption by / Photo by Universal Pictures

Modern televisions are more than capable of handling video calls. Some high-end TVs even come with built-in cameras. Otherwise, you must purchase a special TV camera that is compatible with your specific make and model. Hopefully, unlike Marty, your video calls don't involve getting fired.

Caption by / Photo by Sarah Tew / CNET

Instead of using keys, the front door to Marty McFly's future home in "Back to the Future Part II" is unlocked with a thumbprint.

Caption by / Photo by Universal Pictures

There are several smart locks currently available, with most using a combination of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to let you lock and unlock a door with your smartphone. The Schlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt works with Apple's HomeKit software, meaning you can lock the door with a Siri voice command.

Caption by / Photo by Tyler Lizenby/CNET

There's nothing like a slice of fresh, hot pizza right out of the hydrator.

Caption by / Photo by Universal Pictures

We may not have hydrators in real life, but there are plenty of other high-tech kitchen gadgets. The StoreBound PancakeBot combines a griddle with a 3D printer to make edible works of art, and the Instant Pot Smart pressure cooker comes with its own smartphone app.

Caption by / Photo by Tyler Lizenby/CNET
Published: