"I see this device being applied to a lot of things. First off, I think in the kitchen, it could be on top a stove top," said Tran, who also imagines far bigger uses for the technology. "Eventually, I'd like to see this applied to swarm robotics, where it'd be attached to a drone, and that would be applied to forest fires or even building fires where you wouldn't want to sacrifice human life."
George Mason University
The fire extinguisher uses low-frequency sound waves to douse a blaze. Engineering seniors Viet Tran and Seth Robertson now hold a preliminary patent application for their potentially revolutionizing device. www.gmu.edu
With a preliminary patent in hand, though, the two are determined to explore the possibilities. "Engineering is all about finding a way to make the impossible possible," said Robertson, "so that's what we do."