Two scientists have actually developed a working tractor beam!

It's tiny, only big enough to move microscopic items suspended in water at the moment, but it's a huge breakthrough. I'm not a scientist so I don't understand all of the scientific mumbo jumbo, but you can read all about the technical details here.

Bottom line: we're one step close to tractor beams becoming a reality!!

Here are the ways NASA is studying tractor beams:

Wouldn't it be cool to have personal hand held tractor beam units?

You settle into your ez-chair and realize the tv remote is still on the counter.. hand held tractor beam to the rescue!

At a football game and the Coke man is at the opposite end of the row from you? Hand held tractor beam to the rescue!

Wow, I can see the infomercials now...