A Real-Life Sonic Screwdriver?
By Perry Michael Simon on December 7, 2010
Doctor Who has, of course, a sonic screwdriver. According to a press release from the University of Bristol in England, someday, you might just have one, too, not a toy replica, not a drink, but the real thing. Engineers at the University are, according to the press release, working on making a real sonic screwdriver, to which one can only say, YES, I WANT ONE, PLEASE.
Bruce Drinkwater, Professor of Ultrasonics — now, there’s a job — has been working with The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, and they decided to come up with a real-life screwdriver that uses soundwaves to loosen or tighten screws, and did I say I want one? Because I do.
Deeper in the press release, they sort of back off the idea that this could be imminent, but they ARE experimenting with ultrasonic waves and they’re hoping the work will inspire future scientists and engineers, as if Doctor Who wasn’t inspiration enough. It’s all really just a promotion for that Big Bang exhibition (which is in London March 10th through 12th, in case you’re interested). But the mere mention of the possibility of a real sonic screwdriver raises hope that other fictional devices might someday be real. Hoverboards? Lightsabers? Optimus Prime? Which do you want to see become real?
After all, we were promised jetpacks….