We’ve always dreamt of putting out kitchen fires by playing “B.M.F.” in the general direction of the stove—but we didn’t actually think it’d work.

But because #thefutureisnow, two George Mason University students invented a device that fights fires with sound. Viet Tran says,

I see this device being applied to a lot of things. First off, in the kitchen, I think it could be on top of a stovetop. But eventually, I’d like to see this applied to swarm robotics where it would be attached to a drone and that would be applied to forest fires or even building fires.

The video shows one of the inventors, Seth Robertson, aiming the extinguisher at a small fire lit in a kitchen skillet. As the device emits a low hum, the flames waver briefly and almost immediately vanish—no water, chemicals, or foam needed.


How does it work? CS Monitor explains, “As music notes get deeper, the amount of air required to produce them increases. That’s why bass guitarists need big speakers to amplify the notes their instruments create. A deep tone is essentially a blast of air, and the deep hum created by Robertson’s and Mr. Tran’s invention is essentially a regular series of these blasts. The flames are extinguished just as if somebody blew them out.”


Good thing cooking and heavy bass go so well together.

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