AUSTIN (KXAN) — Great Scott! The future has arrived. Today is the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown go to the future in the 1989 film Back to the Future II.
The University of Texas is busy working on projects featured in the film. Robyn Metcalfe, editor and publisher of Food+City, and food historian with UT Austin, stopped by KXAN to talk about food innovations the campus is working on.
The university is also working on other projects you may recognize in the sequel. The Division of Textiles and Apparel is working on a precise body-scanner that will let retailers send perfectly fitting clothes. In the movie, you may remember people would press a button on their clothing to make it fit better.
One of the main characters in the trilogy is the famous Delorean. To help fuel the flying car, you see Doc Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd, use banana peels and food waste to power it. The university’s Department of Integrative Biology is working to make biofuels out of switchgrass.
You may soon see robots working at your favorite restaurant. The 1989 film features robots walking dogs and working as hosts at restaurants. The Computer Science Department at the University of Texas is working to program robots to navigate buildings and maybe eventually lead tours.