How to build your own DIY makeshift levitation machine at home • The Register

Engineers at the University of Bristol in the UK have published a rough guide to building a simple levitation chamber that uses sound waves to suspend objects.

A paper published in the Review of Scientific Instruments this month shows how it can be done within the confines of your own home lab.

Using a 3D printer, commercial ultrasonic transducers, some amplifier circuits, a 20V supply, and a simple microcontroller kit or Arduino board, the levitator can be built, emitting 40kHz waves on a single axis.


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