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Meet the OM/ONE: World's First Levitating Speaker

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OM/ONE: The World's First Levitating Speaker

I know they say that music can move you, but this is ridiculous. Consumer audio developer OM Audio has announced the creation of the world's first levitating speaker. Dubbed the OM/ONE, the $179 portable speaker is now available, just in time to float into homes for the holiday season.

The spherical speaker (6.3 inches x diameter x 1.6 inches height) works in concert with a magnetic base (2.1 pounds, 1.6 x 1.2 inches) to achieve the spinning, levitating effect. In terms of audio, the OM/ONE relies on its 75mm audio driver to deliver clear, balanced mids, highs and lows.

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The wireless speaker can connect to most devices including smartphones, notebooks and tablets via Bluetooth 4.0 over a distance of approximately 33 feet. And while the floating effect is pretty cool, the OM/ONE can play music with or without the base which comes in handy if you want to use the 1.3-pound speaker outdoors.

If you have two OM/ONEs you can pair them for stereo effect, thereby doubling your pleasure. When it's not being used to play music, the OM/ONE can also function as a speakerphone thanks to the built-in Type 1 microphone. OM Audio claims that the speaker's Lithium-ion battery will last up to 15 hours on a charge.

The OM/ONE will be available in black, white and disco ball when it ships. A portion of the proceeds will go to the non-profit initiative, Immunity Project, which is working to create a free HIV vaccine.

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    neon neophyte , August 12, 2014 11:10 AM
    does it charge while levitating in the base or do you have to charge it seperately? if seperately, i find the idea fairly useless
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    gm0n3y , August 12, 2014 11:46 AM
    Kinda neat, but I'd want the licensed version that look like the Death Star. I'd play the Imperial March on repeat.
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    ingtar33 , August 12, 2014 11:47 AM
    i don't know. i think it's pretty clever actually. Now if only someone would buy me two for xmas...

    and i suspect it charges while levitating. The amount of current you'd need to create the magnetic field would be significant enough to charge it as well.
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    ingtar33 , August 12, 2014 11:57 AM
    -i stand corrected... i just looked it up, it charges with a power cable. lame. they put a lot of thought into it but didn't take it the next step
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    RazberyBandit , August 12, 2014 12:22 PM
    I find it funny that the OM guy speaking at 1:49 has Harmon Karmon Soundsticks on his desk.
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    Kennyy Evony , August 12, 2014 5:28 PM
    how many of these speakers does it take to hold a person up on a surfboard?
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    PEJUman , August 12, 2014 11:28 PM
    Initially impressed, then sorely disappointed when I checked their site. it's not much more than bluetooth, battery powered omni-directional speaker mounted on levitating magnetic base. around 2-3" worth of MONO speaker at that.

    I was hoping for more impressive piece of speaker technology. Can't imagine it sounding significantly better than regular $50 bluetooth speakers.

    in fact, I wonder if the levitating base actually be detrimental to energy efficiency/low frequency response due to 'flexible' nature of the speaker basket that floats in mid air.
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    cats_Paw , September 17, 2014 12:47 AM
    Audio quality is more important to me than "cool gimmicks", but I can see many beats fans exited about this as it has style and personality.
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    ewok93 , September 17, 2014 10:00 AM
    I was hoping it would levitate a little higher than that and not have such an obvious base, but that would take a lot of power and probably screw with the speakers inside. It's a cool idea, but it doesn't seem worth $179. Maybe $50. You can get these really cheap on Amazon, and then it couldn't cost much to put a speaker in it.
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