Items tagged with Back to the Future

Tesla CEO and Founder Elon Musk is known for encouraging his software engineers to incorporate Easter Eggs into the company's EVs. That's why we've been graced with such niceties as a Santa Mode, and more recently, the game Pole Position that can be played using your steering wheel and brake pedal. Tesla's latest Easter Egg will have you yelling "Great Scott," because "you're about to see some serious sh*t!" It was found by a redditor earlier this week who just so happened to stumble across the Back to the Future reference in the Tesla iOS app. When your Tesla EV has 121 miles of range left, you simply tap on the battery icon within the app which will enable the Easter... Read more...
Anyone who appreciates '80s movies should have seen at least one entry in the Back to the Future franchise at this point. The first two films are the best with the third being a bit off the mark in many opinions. The coolest thing about Back to the Future II was the hoverboard for most kid's of the '80s, but at a time when your two options for tying your shoes were Velcro or strings, those self-lacing Nike shoes Marty McFly wore in the flick were a close second. Nike decided a few years ago to start building those self-tying shoes. The first pair of self-tying shoes were a limited edition, and the proceeds for the sale went to Parkinson's disease research, a condition that actor Michael... Read more...
If you’re a fan of the Back to the Future series, the past few months have been incredibly exciting. We’ve seen Lexus unveil its take on the “hoverboard” with a maglev-based creation, and just this week a company has jumpstarted a Kickstarter campaign to bring a self-drying jacket to market. Today, we’re learning of yet another company that is looking to reveal its spin on the hoverboard concept. Unfortunately, like some of the other hoverboards that we’ve seen in the past, this one looks more like vaporware than something that we actually believe will end up finding a market in the consumer space. The Arca Space Corporation ArcaBoard makes use 36 ducted electric fans that work in tandem to provide... Read more...
Little by little, many of the neat inventions featured in the Back to the Future trilogy are finally coming to fruition. Nike's built a pair powered kicks, there are various hoverboard technologies out there (careful of the ones with wheels), and now the self-drying jacket donned by Marty McFly in the second flick is a reality. A company called Falyon Wearable Tech brought the idea to Kickstarter with a modest goal of raising $12,000. With 8 days left to goal, backers have pledged just over $13,000 for the SDJ-01, a self-drying jacket with internal "air amplifiers" that blast the jacket with air to dry it from the inside out. "The air amplifiers function in the space between the jacket’s exterior... Read more...
Lexus first gave us a glimpse at its hoverboard prototype back in June and it definitely piqued our interests. For those of us that grew up watching 80’s flicks like Back to the Future Part II, the Lexus hoverboard was a dream come true — not to mention that it came from an unlikely source: a Japanese luxury car maker. Just when the initial hype of the hoverboard was starting to die down, Lexus is back in the headlines today with the release of two new videos that showcase the superconducting hoverboard. Lexus worked together with top scientists from IFW Dresden and Evico GmbH to create the hoverboard, which has internal semiconductors that are cooled by liquid nitrogen. The liquid nitrogen brings... Read more...
Holy mackerel, it happened! Somebody actually went and built an honest-to-goodness hoverboard, finally bringing to reality the fantasy we've all shared since seeing Marty McFly escape from Biff and his cronies using a hoverboard in Back to the Future II! We know what you're thinking -- 'Yeah, right, this isn't the first hoverboard hoax' -- but you have to check this out. The company is called Hendo Hover and you'll currently find the faces behind the team over at Kickstarter. They're trying to raise $250,000 for the project, but that money won't go towards a prototype -- such a thing already exists. At present, the Hendo Hoverboard is capable of hovering about an inch off of the ground, special... Read more...
Remember when Nike introduced Marty McFly's MAG shoes a few years ago? Nike only made 1,500 pairs of the MAG as featured in Back to the Future Part II, which were then auctioned off on eBay where they generated nearly $6 million for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. As cool as those replicas were, they were missing a key feature of what made the mythical version so awesome -- power laces. It seemed like Nike either wasn't capable or interested in a power laces function, but whatever the reason, it's no longer a factor. Nike Designer Tinker Hatfield was at attendance at the Jordan Brand's Flight Lab in New Orleans the other day, and someone asked him if we'd see power laces... Read more...
Kevin Kelly's Cool Tool review of Wacom's Cintq monitor/tablet is full of complaints. It's too expensive. It's too heavy. Too Bulky. But after drawing right on the screen, like a pen and ink photoshop, the Cintq gets the ultimate good review: I should have bought one years ago. Based on comics master Scott McCloud's recommendation (below), I bought a Cintiq. It does something I've always wanted to do since I first saw a computer. This thing is a pen-based tablet that doubles as a monitor. In other words you draw directly on the tablet, just like a paper-based drawing, but digitally. In fact the surface of the Cintq monitor/tablet... Read more...