The Telegraph announced this weekend that engineers have developed a device that is capable of moving and manipulating objects using only ultrasonic sound waves.
They say the technology could eventually lead to devices that can undo screws, assemble electronics and putting together delicate components.
As a Doctor Who fan, well, you can only imagine how this makes me feel. I mean, having a toy one (yes, I own a toy sonic) doesn’t compare to having a real life, proper, tool used by the Gallifreyan himself! Just thinking of someone asking me to ‘sonic them’ makes me all giddy.
Here’s what the scientists have to say about the real life version:
But while the Doctor’s device can perform a multitude of tasks from cutting, burning, welding, sending signals, controlling the TARDIS, altering mobile phones and healing wounds, the researchers warn their real life sonic screwdriver will have more limited capabilities.
Professor Bruce Drinkwater, an ultrasonics engineer at the University of Bristol, said: “We have developed a device that allows us to use ultrasonic forces to move small objects like biological cells around to sort them or to assemble them.
“We are using quite low forces to do this because we don’t want to damage the objects we are moving, but the technology is definitely real and there is potential to turn it into something like Dr Who’s sonic screwdriver.
“If we can increase the ultrasonic force and create a rotational force, then we could potentially undo screws. Essentially what you are doing is using the ultrasonic sound wave to twirl the air around to create a miniature tornado.”
Professor Drinkwater and his colleagues have created a prototype device, which they have called sonotweezers, that uses ultrasound to move around particular sizes of cells.
Read the rest of the article here.
Some other cool Whovian finds today…
‘Star Wars’ meets ‘Doctor Who’… Abso-frakkin-lutely.
How about a Star Wars/Doctor Who Mash Up? What?! Oh yeah… Here it is:
The end scene with all the Doctors and Obi Wan… Brilliant.
‘Doctor Who’ Wrapping Paper
And, just in time for the Holidays, how about treating your Whovian friends to not only the coolest toy sonic (not me, remember I already have one), but wrapping it in a Tardis as well? This is some very cool Doctor Who Wrapping Paper made by Merrypranxter’s, aka designer Lauren Castor, sold through her Etsy shop. She also has a few more Christmas-themed geeky designs to her selections, including the Christmas TARDIS and Klingon Christmas. These styles are among several other Star Wars, Star Trek, and Doctor Who themed wrapping paper and holiday cards (as well as many of her original designs). If that’s not enough for ya, how about Star Wars Rebel Alliance wrapping paper; Star Trek Holiday Orion Slave Girl Christmas Cards; and plenty more.
Check out her shop and give those geek gifts in style!