(TruthSeekerDaily) UltraHaptics is creating a new way to touch and feel devices: by removing touch from the equation entirely.

The system, created by researchers at the University of Bristol, creates a series of high-frequency sound waves that exert force on whatever they’re pointed at — including the human hand.

While the technology is still in its early stages, the researchers are already working up models of how it can be used to facilitate mid-air gestures (a la, Leap Motion) and to create tactile information layers over displays.

In the video explaining the technology, the Bristol researchers showed off a U.S. map that generated different levels of feedback to illustrate population destiny: