Two engineering students from the George Mason University may have just made a major breakthrough in the way we put out fires. And it’s all from dropping the bass.
Reported by CNN, Seth Robertson and Viet Tran’s new invention might not use water or chemicals, but it can put out a fire like it’s nobody’s business. It works by a massive subwoofer that’s produces sound waves strong enough to eradicate flames.
Think of it essentially as blowing out birthday candles, just on a way bigger scale. Check out the video in the player above.
Robertson and Tran stumbled upon their invention for a final year engineering project at university. Initially they thought that high frequency sound waves would do the trick, and when that didn’t work out they thought they were on their way to getting an F on their final grade. Although several of their professors were weary about the idea, one took it upon himself to mentor them until they came up with the idea they have now.
The application for a tool like this can be massive. “In space, extinguisher contents spread all over. But you can direct sound waves without gravity.” Tran says he can see their invention deployed on drones, which could be remotely controlled. This could be incredibly useful for massive forest fires he says.
It can keep firefighters safe, and is far, far less harmful to the environment than spraying chemicals is. What a