There are lots of cool Bluetooth Speakers out there, with the really good ones having the longest battery life combined with great sound. But what about a Speaker that has Magnetic levitation to make it sound better?
This is where the US$250 Mars by Crazybaby Levitating Bluetooth Speaker gets drafted in to action, as its levitating Speaker (Franco, 2014), is a wonder to behold. The Mars by Crazybaby Levitating Bluetooth Speaker is actually a successfully funded Indiegogo project that went active on Tuesday December 2nd 2014. So far, they’ve raised some US$482,704, vastly surpasing their goal of US$100,000 with some 28 days to spare before their fuinding run closes on Saturday January 31st 2014.
When the units ships by April 2015, it’ll cost about US$250 (£160, AU$296) with customers in the US, Canada and China getting free shipping, with other internationals including Jamaicans having to fork out an extra US$30. Despite this, the Mars by Crazybaby Levitating Bluetooth Speaker is such a unique product that its worth spending some time to get to know this out-of-this-world Bluetooth Speaker that uses some really down-to-earth technology to achieve its remarkable feat.
Mars by Crazybaby Levitating Bluetooth Speaker – Crazy Levitation Produces vibration free sound
The Mars by Crazybaby Levitating Bluetooth Speaker consists of a cylindrical section which acts as the Subwoofer as well as the supporting base to levitate the Saucer-shaped Speaker that acts as the mid to high range Speaker. When combined together, the Saucer-shaped Speaker levitates above the Subwoofer section.
This is because it contains a set of permanent magnets that are strategically embedded in the bottom half of the Saucer-shaped Speaker with complementary electromagnets set in the curved upper stage of the Subwoofer Speaker.
These magnets are set so that the same magnetic poles on each part of the product are facing each other. Thus when placed near each other, a uniform opposing magnetic field permanently exists between the Saucer-shaped Speaker and the upper section of the Cylindrical Subwoofer, creating repulsion and thus the levitating effect that you see.
Far from being a clever sales gimmick, the levitation separates the Saucer-shaped Speaker from physical contact with the Subwoofer, resulting in a clean Bluetooth transfer from smartphone to speaker to the surroundings in all directions without any vibration distortion due to contact with a physical surface typical of most Speaker designs. Thus midrange and high pitched sounds transmitted via Bluetooth to both halves of the Mars by Crazybaby Levitating Bluetooth Speaker are clearer and Speaker-vibration free and travel farther thanks to is omni-directional shape.
Mars by Crazybaby Levitating Bluetooth Speaker – First Magnetically Levitated Speaker with its own Subwoofer
Because it’s powered by electromagnets similar to those used in a Maglev train or the ThyssenKrupp MULTI Elevator (Deer, 2014), it can only levitate when the power is turned on.
Thus, as the power from the battery start to run down, the Saucer-shaped Speaker, which bobs gently up and down in the varying magnetic cushion of the Subwoofer electromagnets will eventually sink lower and lower as the battery drains down, adding to the coolness of the product.
Because it has such strong ceramic magnets, you can carry the Saucer-shaped Speaker with you alone as Bluetooth Speaker and attach it to any magnetic surface, be it in your car on your desk at an Office party. And yes, it’s controllable via an app on your smartphone, be it an Apple iPhone or Google Android smartphone, with settings available to allow the Speaker to increase volume level the further you are away from the Mars by Crazybaby Levitating Bluetooth Speaker.
A similar product, the Om/One Levitating Bluetooth Speaker by Om Audio, also has a similar design (Kooser, 2014) to achieve a similar desired effect, differing only in the shape of the magnetically levitating Speaker, which is shaped like a football.
Interestingly too, this disco ball also spins gently within its magnetic field, suggesting that it’s designed to change polarity and thus create rotation. The US$299 Om/One, which comes in Black or white is also another crowdfunded project on Kickstarter that successfully met its US$100,000 target and is now shipping in December 2014.
However, the US$250 Mars by Crazybaby Levitating Bluetooth Speaker has the distinction of not only having its own Subwoofer with the levitating Saucer-shaped Speaker becoming a magnetic Speaker on its own but comes with a pair of USB ports Speaker that allows you to recharge your smartphone.
So in Summary, the Mars by Crazybaby Levitating Bluetooth Speaker is not just a magnetically Levitating Speaker that appears to be a cool gimmick. It also comes with its own Subwoofer that acts as a recharging post for smartphone, making this a must-buy come April 2015 and worth an early bird pledge of US$149 (about £95, AU$176) with two for the price of one for US$289.
Here’s the link:
- Deer, L. (2014, December 12). ThyssenKrupp Elevator develops MULTI, a Multi-Dimensional Travel Maglev by 2016. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/thyssenkrupp-elevator-develops-multi-a-multi-dimensional-travel-maglev-by-2016/
- Franco, M. (2014, December 2). Levitating Mars Speaker takes your music to new heights. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/levitatingSpeakertakesyourmusictonewheights/
- Kooser, A. (2014, August 12). Om/One levitating Bluetooth Speaker defies gravity. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/omonelevitatingbluetoothdiscoballSpeakerdefiesgravity