Three-Dimensional Mid-Air Acoustic Manipulation

Posted by Lyemium Editorial on Jan 07, 2014
Japanese engineers from The University of Tokyo and the Nagoya Institute of Technology recently unveiled a device that uses sound waves to move objects.
The machine uses four arrays of speakers to make soundwaves that intersect at a focal point that can be moved up, down, left, and right using external controls. 
The essence of levitation technology is the countervailing of gravity. It is known that an ultrasound standing wave is capable of suspending small particles at its sound pressure nodes and, so far, this method has been used to levitate lightweight particles, small creatures, and water droplets.