The future is finally here — for Back to the Future fans anyway. October 21, 2015 marks the day that Marty McFly travels to the Hill Valley of the future in Back to the Future II. Fans have found all kinds of ways to pay tribute to this iconic moment.
Here’s a tribute of our own: six of the coolest projects that pay homage to the tech and style of Back to the Future.
A Real DeLorean
Did Doc Brown have to use the DeLorean for his everyday chores? Sure, time travel is impressive, but sometimes you just need to pick up some groceries. William Tucker, in his impressively modded 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, probably comes closer than anyone to recreating that experience.
Starting with the vents, Tucker began adapting his car to match the movie’s DeLorean both outside and inside. It features nuclear cooling vents, a Mr. Fusion, and that all important flux capacitor. And yes, that is his daily ride.
You may not be able to drive this DeLorean, but you will be able to fly it. This R/C quadcopter uses foam core, LEDs, and perfectly scaled propellers to evoke the DeLorean in flight.
This is one hoverboard that definitely won’t work on water. Artist Steff Bomb created this amazing true-to-the-movie replica of Marty’s hoverboard entirely out of felt. The colorblocking really highlights the 80’s graphic design and makes (if this is possible) the design pop even more than it already does.
DeLorean Push Car
Power Lace Shoes
Besides having some imaginative ideas about the future of transportation, the year 2015 of the BTTF universe had some pretty innovative fashion. Power laces? Alright!
Blake Bevin’s first auto-lacing shoe used force sensors that sensed the pressure of a foot stepping into them, activating two servo motors which applied tension to the laces to tighten them. Since then she’s refined her design to hide the servos in the soles of the shoe.
DIY Flux Capacitor
Dustin McLean of DIY Prop Shop created this easy DIY flux capacitor, detailing all the steps along the way. Using materials like cardboard and washers, and repurposing other materials like spark plugs, this projects manages to be both cheap and good looking.