In today's veritable ocean of bluetooth speakers, it takes more than just sound quality, battery life, or Bluetooth range to stand out. It takes something completely mind-blowing, like a levitating speaker. No, this is not hyperbole. This is a real thing. It's called the Om/One.
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Like most levitating things, the Om/One uses electromagnets to balance the speaker over the base, which they claim improves sound quality since its soundwaves all go straight into the air. Because it's a frictionless system, it spins slowly. Taking advantage of the spin, the Om/One dudes are offering this with a disco ball aesthetic, combining sound and light show. Inside the disco ball (or black or white orb if you'd prefer those colors), there's a three-watt, 75-millimeter driver, which Om/One claims has no external distortion.
As with any Bluetooth 4.0 speaker, battery life is pretty important—and since going mobile is the whole point, the Om/One works for 15 hours on 75 percent volume. It also has a microphone to make speakerphone way more interesting, and if you have a second one, you can work them in tandem to move in stereo.
Ladies and gentleman, we have now entered a brave new world of speaker technology.
Ethan Wolff-Mann is an editor at Supercompressor. He can levitate too, but only when no one's watching. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.