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Sonic showers, could they really work?

  1. Mar 12, 2014 #1
    An SF idea is to use sonic waves instead of water to cleanse your body.
    Would it work in reality? I saw a video once, where they cleansed a chimney from soot with ultrasonic waves.
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  3. Mar 12, 2014 #2
    GTOM is this for a writing material? Did you see such a device during a movie or while reading a book?
  4. Mar 13, 2014 #3
    "Did you see such a device during a movie or while reading a book? "

    Yes, it was in Jetsons family, and in the book Hyperion.
  5. Apr 16, 2014 #4
    Seems legit...
  6. Aug 9, 2014 #5
    Don't forget Star Trek.
  7. Aug 10, 2014 #6


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    IMHO the answer is "no".

    While ultrasonic devices work for cleaning some types of material, they are far from being universal. Plus, in many applications they are used in conjunction with a bath - that is, you immerse the object you want to purify and then you start the sonification. For many reasons that is much more efficient than dry sonification.
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