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Levitating Bluetooth Speaker Plays Music While Floating in Mid-Air

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The Om/One is a fly wireless speaker that hovers and spins above a magnetic base

Vashti Hallissey
  • 14 august 2014

A game-changing speaker brings a new meaning to the term being “on air” by playing music while levitating above a magnetic base. The Om/One is an orb that wouldn’t look out of place on a space ship or in a sci-fi movie, which plays music while spinning in the air.

There are many hi-tech Bluetooth speakers out there but the Om/One puts them all in the shade. The spherical speaker hovers about an inch above its magnetic base as if by magic. While playing sound, it spins in the air like a flying disco ball and you can even buy one with a funky mirrored surface that takes it back to the Seventies.

You can use the orb, which measures 6.6″ in diameter and weighs 0.75lb, as a portable speaker to take anywhere you go. You can also watch it levitate above its base while listening to music, the radio or making calls through a space-age floating sphere.

The OM Audio team say that sound quality is sharpened by the suspended speaker.

The website states:

How does OM/ONE produce such awe inspiring sound? What makes OM/ONE different from any other Bluetooth speaker? The answer is levitation. Instead of wasting amplication energy pushing sound waves into a desk, bookshelf, or table, all of the OM/ONEs amplication energy is directed to the speaker driver to create full, crisp, and clear sound.

The Om/One has a battery life of 15 hours, a built in microphone and an output of 110db from a 3 watt speaker. Connect it to your mobile or other Bluetooth devices to play music from sites like Spotify, Pandora and Rdio as well as making calls. You can also change the tracks and control the volume from up to 33 ft. away.

This week, Om Audio launched a crowdfunding campaign to go from prototype to production. The campaign has already generated over twice as much as the original $100,000 goal with 48 days to go.

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Early backers can get their own floating speakers from $179. There are colour options of black, glacier white or disco ball in the style of Saturday Night Fever. Estimated delivery in the US is December and for international delivery, January 2015, just in time for Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties.

The Om/One takes speakers to another dimension, creating a product that looks like nothing else on earth. It will also make playing certain songs, like “It’s in the air tonight”, “Defying Gravity” and “I believe I can fly” impossible to resist.

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[h/t] The Verge

Images: The Verge, CNet

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