Levitating particles could make up TV screens of the future
Image: Yoichi Ochiai/University of Tokyo via Pixie Dust

Known as Pixie Dust, the incredible new display technology effectively turns tiny floated particles into pixels to create an image.

It sounds like magic, but this video shows the technology in action:

Researchers have been able to levitate objects using sound wave for years, but so far it’s only been done with single particles.

This new breakthrough by developers Yoichi Ochiai, Takayuki Hoshi and Jun Rekimoto involves hundreds of tiny particles, all arranged in real-time to form images and moving animations.

Pixie Dust was presented at the annual Siggraph conference, and it has the potential to change displays everywhere.

As Andrew Liszewski writes for Gizmodo: "The applications for such a technology are almost impossible to comprehend at this point, since we’re so used to displays being flat and made from glowing pixels. But try and imagine the particles floating in the air coming together to suddenly form a computer screen, and you can start to realise how revolutionary this research could be."