Every once in a while, a home automation product comes onto the market that just wows it’s audience. For the speaker, it is the Om/One – the world’s first levitating bluetooth speaker. Designed by a team of industrial designers and audio engineers, the Om/One levitating speaker not only sounds great, but is also one of the most aesthetically pleasing speakers you will ever see.
Consisting of a flat base and a round sphere that hovers and spins in suspended air, the Om/One performs a range of different functions from playing music via a Bluetooth connection to hosting conference calls with its microphone and speaker capabilities. It’s portable too with a 15 hour battery life. Just pick up the gadget and take it with you when you go to the beach.
Om Audio, the company that designed OM/ONE, believes that the levitation offers more than just good looks. They say that the clear 360-degree surface area under the speaker makes it possible to get more sound from a small speaker. ‘Instead of wasting amplification energy pushing sound waves into a desk, bookshelf, or table, all of the OM/ONEs amplification energy is directed to the speaker driver to create full, crisp and clear sound,’ the company wrote on its website. ‘This enables OM/ONE to deliver audio performance far beyond its size.’
The sound the speakers are said to generate are equivalent to 100 decibels. The OM/ONE has been designed in three colours that are all sure to be popular. Apart from basic black or simple white, there is also the choice of a disco-ball look. The magnetic base of the speaker not only levitates the sphere, but also features a USB port to charge the speaker orb and other items.
The new product works with phones and other Bluetooth devices from up to 10 metres away. It can be used to play music from various apps, such as Spotify and Pandora. It also features a simple on/off touch sensor for ease of use. The base needs to be plugged into a wall socket too, but is simple to set up.
To launch the OM/ONE, Om Audio has run a crowdfunding campaign online. The campaign has been very successful, and the company raised almost USD $800,000 from over 3,000 backers. The target was just $100,000, but that was reached in less than 12 hours.
At this point in time, the hub OM/ONE can be pre-ordered only. Go to the company’s website, www.omone.com to place an order. The speaker costs USD $199, with free shipping within the United States.