I know 8 inches doesn't sound like much but this is a hundred times farther than they have done it in the past. They were also even able to steer the object. Now its just microscopic particles but they believe they can do this full scale too.Researchers have developed a small-scale laser beam capable of moving microscopic particles nearly 8 inches, an important step in developing a “tractor beam.”
Researchers develop tiny tractor beam, and they’re sure they could make a larger one
Looks like we are on our way to a Star Trek future.