Fire is like every other element, it can be awe inspiring and terrifying at the same time. The latter usually applies when something you love is being consumed by it. Through science and education we have been able to understand fire and how to extinguish fires more effectively over the years. Now two students from GMC (George Mason University) have a new way to blow the flames of fire out. Viet Tran and Seth Robertson have invented a sound-based fire extinguisher that uses low frequency sound waves to extinguish the flames. There are some obvious advantages to Tran and Robertson’s invention over the traditional foam fire extinguisher, with the main one being no messy foam to clean up after. Check out their YouTube video below.
As Tran and Robertson said, there are a variety of applications for this technology from the kitchen to actual implementation by firefighters on a larger scale. It’s always cool to find these stories of students reinventing something in such ways. We’re looking forward to seeing where Tran and Robertson’s invention goes and if it can be used in a practical way. The pair do hold a preliminary patent on the invention. What do you think of fighting fire with sound? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.