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Back to the Future Products that Actually Exist

Taking the “long way” we’ve almost caught up with Doc Brown and Marty McFly’s trip to the future in Back to the Future 2. Which will happen on October 21 of this year. We spotlighted some of the products of that future here. However, what products actually came to exist in reality?

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Mr. Fusion

We don’t quite have a personal version of Mr. Fusion, however the Bristol Robotics Laboratory in Europe have developed a robot that can sustain itself on essentially trash. The EcoBot uses Microbial Fuel Cells to collect energy from the environment.

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Smart Home

In the future home of the McFly’s they can talk to their home and it will respond. Such as turning the lights on, switching to a TV station or getting a snack. There are various ways we can do all those things now. Some smart TVs respond to voice commands and a company called Homey has a Kickstarter campaign to produce a product you talk to and will control everything: from lights to music, from climate to TV.

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Video Glasses

VR Glasses are not quite as prevalent as they appear in the film, but there is no question we have the technology. From the Oculus Rift to Google Cardboard VR is coming to the masses. Products, such as Google Glass could easily become the go to method for audio and/or video calls.

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Pepsi Perfect

Recently Pepsi announced it would release a limited edition of Pepsi Perfect for $20.15 a bottle.


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Power Lacing Nike Shoes

Nike had release a limited series of MAG shoes back in 2012, but they lacked the power laces. However, this year they have announced the new MAGs will include the power lace mechanism.

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Recently, Lexus announced they made a working hoverboard using magnets and cooled superconductors. While the technology is in its infancy it is very impressive. Although, as with the Back to the Future model they might want to add a foot holster.

Truly Amazing (And Beautiful) Miniatures

“Tornado” 2013 Copyright Matthew Albanese

Matthew Albanese makes incredible intricate and beautiful miniatures out of spices, food and found objects. For more of his art and to purchase his book, Strange Worlds go to: MatthewAlbanse

“A New Life” 2013 Copyright Matthew Albanese
A New Life In Progress
"Train Wreck" 2013 Copyright Matthew Albanese
“Train Wreck” 2013 Copyright Matthew Albanese
“Burning Room” 2013 Copyright Matthew Albanese

Geeky Back-To-School Notebooks

Show your geek pride by pulling one of these awesome notebook out of your pack. Check them all out here.

Bad Wolf - Doctor Who
Bad Wolf – Doctor Who
Dragon Slayer Notbook
Dragon Slayer
Stargate - SG1
Stargate – Stargate SG1
Science Biatch - Agents of SHIELD
Science Biatch – Agents of SHIELD
The Enterprise - Star Trek
The Enterprise – Star Trek
Ninja Notebook

Cardiff, Wales UK (a TARDIS abroad)

The TARDIS visiting Tourchwood in Cardiff for a quick refueling.

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Night Vision Goggles – Jurassic Park

Chicago Illinois, USA (a TARDIS abroad)

On the streets of Chicago, IL at the intersection of North California and Shakespeare Ave. Along with the fateful words, “Bad Wolf.”

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Great Showdowns: Game of Thrones (Part 2)

Last week we brought you the first of twenty “Great Showdowns” with Game of Thrones characters. You can view the first ten here. For more of Scott C’s great works check them out here.

Below are the last ten in the series.

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Inside the Magic Factory – The Untold Story of ILM

The amazing technological journey of Industrial Light and Magic was recently laid out by a very informative Wired article entitled: The Untold Story of ILM, A Titan the Forever Changed Film.

The article tells some of the great behind the scenes stories of how ILM went from models to some of the most realistic CGI ever created. Below is their history in photos. You can read the entire article here.

Darth Vader’s helmet from Star Wars: Episode IV
Darth Vader’s helmet from Star Wars: Episode IV
Ark of the Covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Ark of the Covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Dragonslayer (1981)
Dragonslayer (1981)

Muren: We had a miniature dragon Phil Tippett had made, and we programmed it at slow speed instead of having an animator moving one frame at a time. We got a Technical Achievement Award for that. We called it “go motion.” A lot of people still think it’s the best dragon that’s been done.

A model of the Death Star II from the production of Return of the Jedi (1983)
A model of the Death Star II from the production of Return of the Jedi (1983)
Prototype anamatronic head/performance helmet for Slimer from Ghostbusters II
Prototype anamatronic head/performance helmet for Slimer from Ghostbusters II
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park (1993)

Spielberg: The fluidity of the running cycles was such that there was no comparison—even with go-motion. I just said, “Well, stop-motion as a process is extinct.”

Casper (1995)
Casper (1995)

Aaron McBride (art director): I didn’t think much of Casper at the time, but it had the first digital star character of a feature-length film.

Pearl Harbor (2001)
Pearl Harbor (2001)

Spielberg: I always thought that if ILM had run the space agency we’d have colonized Mars by now.

ILM Mars Lander

Great Showdowns: Game of Thrones

The artist Scott C has been sketching out some of the greatest showdowns for years now. His most recent additions to his amazing collection hail from a little place called Westeros (and a few from Essos). He has a series of twenty of the great showdowns of Game of Thrones. Below are the first ten.

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The Leviathan – Short To Become Fox Produced Film

In the 22nd century, mankind has colonized many worlds and traveling faster than the speed of light has been made possible by the harvesting of exotic matter from the eggs of the largest species mankind has ever seen.

The Leviathan project, originally created by Ruairi Robinson and screenwriter Jim Uhls. The nearly four minute trailer is amazing. Hopefully, the big screen studio backed film can live up to trailer.

The Leviathan — Teaser from Ruairi Robinson on Vimeo.