Levitating. A cyclic journey. Magic.

Researchers at the University of Sussex have become the first in the world to develop technology which can bend sound waves around an obstacle and levitate an object above it.

SoundBender, developed by Professor Sriram Subramanian, Dr Gianluca Memoli and Dr Diego Martinez Plasencia at the University of Sussex, is an interface capable of producing dynamic self-bending beams that enable both levitation of small objects and tactile feedback around an obstacle.

The technology, presented at the 31st ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium in Berlin on October 15, 2018, overcomes two key limitations of previous ultrasound levitation set-ups, which were unable to create sound fields of similar complexity and could not bypass obstacles that lay between the transducers and the levitating object. (1)

Levitating objects.

Invisible fields.

Every journey ends up to where it has started.

Science keeps on progressing.

And at the end it will succeed in everything.

Recreating what it once discarded as false.

Cosmos used to be magic.

And as Wittgenstein said, science put him to sleep again.

Putting Excalibur back in the stone again.

But at the end…

The next King will come to draw it out once more…

A King who will be a King only because He does not believe in kings…

And will show the whole world.

That anyone could draw the sword out.

Because there was no stone in the first place…

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos is a thinker located in Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector related to the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!

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