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Five ‘Back to the Future’ technologies we want to have now

Five ‘Back to the Future’ technologies we want to have now (photo)

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Nike didn’t wait until 2015 to make their “Back to the Future Part II”-inspired Nike Mags available, instead opting to put their kicks on the eBay auction block last week. That’s all well and good, and with any luck the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research will rake in a pile of helpful cash because of them.

The real-world Mags don’t do everything that they were designed to do in the 1989 film, however, and Robert Zemeckis’ one-of-a-kind trilogy introduced many other marvels of engineering and design that we would gladly drive our DeLoreans down to the mall to pick up. Here are five such technologies that are as of now still unavailable.

091211_bttf1.jpgPOWER LACES

Anyone with chronically crunched heels on their sneakers knows the one key feature separating Nike’s new shoes from the shoes that Marty McFly actually put on in “Back to the Future Part II”–power laces. The moment he slipped his feet into the iconic foot Corvettes, they instantly contracted to the perfect size and showed the world how awesome an age of footwear without knot-tying could be.


When it comes to true drool-worthy toys from these films, let’s face it, no item packs a greater cool factor than Marty’s hoverboard. While kids in theater audiences were still stuck with creaky wheels and Pogo Balls, “Part II” taunted a generation with an unbeatable X Games event we have yet to see realized.

0913211_bttf3.jpgBRAIN WAVE ANALYZER

Doc Brown’s giant snowflake-looking hat was far less fashionable than Marty’s Nikes, and it turned out to be quite a bit less dependable as well. Nevertheless, you know you would wear this twinkling circus tent of metal beams if it truly allowed you to read other people’s thoughts.


3-D movies are difficult to market in a 3-D world, but how many more ticket-buyers would check out “Piranha 3DD” if it were teased as well as “Jaws 19” was when its Max Spielberg-directed shark nearly swallowed Marty? This is the future of film advertising right here.

091211_bttf5.jpgDEHYDRATED PIZZA

One step beyond astronaut ice cream, the tiny pizzas of the BTTF universe proved to be the height of pizza preparation convenience. A dehydrated Pizza Hut pizza requires a Black and Decker Hydrator to fully inflate, but once it does, it grows large enough to feed a family.

What technologies from “Back to the Future” would you like to see on store shelves? Let us know below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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