An inventor who is rivalling Willy Wonka has created a machine which can levitate cocktails– with work now beginning on a floating roast dinner.
Wing-based innovator Charlie Harry Francis, 30, has put the finishing touches to his ‘Levitron’ device– a machine which uses ultrasonic sound waves to create a levitating field, trapping alcohol droplets and floating them in mid air.
The cocktail machine, which was created in collaboration with Bristol University professor Bruce Drinkwater, has so far been used to make a 70% proof gin and tonic and a Bloody Mary with vodka at 160% proof.
The success has spurred Charlie to further his work in developing contactless cutlery, starting by levitating popcorn and later down the line a roast dinner.
The 30-year-old told the LBO: “It’s alot of fun but there is a message and application for it, hopefully it will later be able to help those who are unable to feed themselves.
“We cracked in the last couple of weeks and we are now trying to levitate popcorn.
“It’s the first part of a project to get to a point where a machine powered by soundwaves can float food into your mouth.”
Each ‘Levitron’ currently costs around £30,000 to put together, though work is currently being done to reduce that figure.
The breakthrough in the machine came after Charlie relocated his company, Lick Me I’m Delicious, from Bristol to the Acorn Business Centre, off Cublington Road, six months ago.
The device is the latest in a long line of inventions which are hired for corporate events and parties; others include an edible mist machine, a washing machine that makes soup and a nitrogen powered ice cream machine buggy.
Among other projects Charlie is also currently working on a jellybean waterfall machine and a range of edible aftershave.
Charlie said: “I grew up on an ice cream farm in south Wales so going into food and production made alot of sense to me.
“I’ve always been interested in inventions and the science side of food– really I’m a geek at heart.
“I had a career in advertising in London but I always wanted to do my own thing.
“In my spare time I was making things and my idea of a perfect afternoon is to go into the workshop and throw a load of things together.”
The inventor added that each innovation poses a number of different challenges.
He said: “Nothing ever goes right the first time, the jelly bean waterfall has been a nightmare the last couple of weeks.
“I enjoy the challenge, it’s a high pressure but really rewarding industry.”