A few months ago, Nike made every Back to the Future fan’s dream come true by finally releasing shoes with fully functional power laces. And now, just weeks before 2015 draws to a close, it looks like Marty’s self-drying jacket from BTTF2 could also become a reality.
Unlike the BTTF2 shoes Nike has en route, the SDJ-01 isn’t a perfect replica of the jacket Marty puts on when he first arrives in the year 2015. Those self-adjusting sleeves are nowhere to be seen, but the drying mechanism is, powered by a pair of blowers hidden on the sides of the jacket that pump air up through exhaust vents near the collar.
On a full charge of its built-in battery, the SDJ-01 can pump air through the jacket for a full 30 minutes, but in testing its creators found it only took about a minute for the garment to be noticeably dryer after a soaking.
The fans aren’t only there for drying, though. If you’re on a hot crowded subway car and don’t have enough room to remove the jacket, just activate the SDJ-01’s blowers for a blast of cool air until you reach your stop.
So what will a jacket from the future (but not really the future) cost you? The creators of the SDJ-01, Falyon, are using Kickstarter to raise just $12,000 to help put the jacket into production. You can own one of the first self-drying jackets off the assembly line for a mere $149 (just under £99) if you can wait until April of next year for delivery.
That’s assuming that production of the SDJ-01 is smooth sailing, which it rarely is. But since we’ve had wait to wait some 27 years for someone to finally recreate Marty’s self-drying jacket from Back to the Future 2, what’s a few more months? [Falyon via PSFK]