Fire is man's oldest tool-material, aside from the knife, and we need fire but obviously it can be devastating when uncontrolled and out of control. I was thinking about an idea on how to instantly or at least very quickly smother a fire from its oxygen supply and I was inspired by science fiction. I welcome the responses of anyone including any seasoned fire men on the forum.
On "Star Trek The Next Generation" they had these "Fire Suppression Fields" that were essentially force field emitters that would use computer sensors to detect an out of control flame, and would project an electrostatic force field to cover and cut off its O supply, making the fire stop.
Now, as of this writing, as far as I know, there are no known ways to generate a force field of that manner, but is the idea a good one? Example: I can envision a series of mechanical nano or micro robots made of a heat-resistant material, such as corundum or silicate, that would use the same basic principle = sensors detect out of control flames and immediately cover and surround the flames, thus cutting off the oxygen supply, thus ending said fire.
What are some simpler possibilities using known and existing technologies, or is this too far beyond us?
Also: You would not want the sensors to attack any flame, less you try to cook something on the stove top and your flame is extinguished.