The Internet was abuzz this week celebrating October 21, 2015, otherwise known as the furthest travel date in, and 30th anniversary of, the Back to the Future Sequel. As Patrick Hill of the Mirror reports, there are 10 inventions from this film that we now use in 2015, including tablets, drone cameras, and Google Glass.
In addition, the occasion was marked by a product release from Nike, a revamp of the Nike Mag shoe worn by Marty McFly previously released in 2011, now with real self-lacing action! The shoe will be produced in limited edition, and all funds will go toward the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Fittingly, Michael J. Fox received the first pair
Rachel Arthur from Forbes observes,
Therein lies the issue with wearable technology across the board in current times. While Juniper Research expects the wearables market to rise to $53 billion by 2019, the majority of pieces we’re seeing and feeling inspired by are still concept or prototypes only.
Rachel describes some exciting wearable textile projects to keep an eye out for, including Google's Project Jacquard in partnership with Levi's, a conductive yarn that enables touch interactivity on the fabric to power smartphone functions.
Another 80s inspiration? Colour-chaning textiles. The Unseen, a London-based brand, is experimenting with the effects of wind, temperature, and time of year to change the appearance of textiles.
Beyond the concept stage, designers such as Tommy Hilfiger are creating garments to charge our mobile devices through solar-powered battery packs. Another preppy designer Ralph Lauren created the PoloTech t-shirt, which uses a conductive silver-coated thread to capture the wearer's biometric information such as heart rate, breathing, and steps.
As Nike CEO Mark Parker says about the Nike MAG
By imagining the future, we create it. Product that comes alive, with on-demand comfort and support when you need, product that senses you and adapts to you is right around the corner.