The field of audio is so mature and saturated that coming up with a genuinely novel approach to speakers is a rather steep challenge.
But a new product created by a team in Oakland, California, takes audiophiles into new territory by delivering a speaker that levitates — no, really, it levitates. Using the now well-known idea of magnetic levitation, the speaker floats about an inch off its base, allowing the user to spin it around in mid-air while listening to the audio.
After we had a chance to test the Bluetooth speaker out in person, we can confirm that the product does indeed work as described.
The Om/One device also contains a microphone, allowing the levitating orb to take calls, too. On its surface, which looks something like cross between the Death Star and a soccer ball, is a hidden sensor that allows you to turn the device on and off as well as pair it with your audio source, such as asmartphone.
OK, so it looks cool. But aside from the novelty factor, why would you need a levitating speaker?
“The fact that it levitates gives us an angle on some audio techniques that make the speaker a lot better,” David DeVillez, the co-founder and CEO of Om Audio.