Human levitation and Star Trekstyle tractor beams on horizon as scientists crack

first_imgObjects inevitably ended up spinning uncontrollably and eventually shooting away from the beams, after picking up the movement of the rotating sound field. Human levitation and Star Trek-style tractor beams have moved a step closer after scientists proved they can stably hold a large object suspended in mid-air, using only sound. But now engineers from the University of Bristol say they have solved the problem. Instead of using a spinning field of sound to hold an object in place, they have built a…center_img Researchers have been trying for decades to trap objects using only the power of sound but it has always proved impossible to hold an item steady if it was larger than the wavelength of the sound.last_img

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