Hoverboards May Not Hover Yet, But This Speaker Does

The Mars uses mag-lev technology to take flight

By The Editors
March 30, 2016 9:00 am

You’ve probably heard by now: those things everyone calls hoverboards don’t actually hover.

But that hasn’t stopped the design community from building a whole bunch of s*** that does. Turntables. Bonsais. Even cabins are trying to get in on the fun.

Newest to the bandwagon: the Mars speaker, a UFO-shaped speaker that hovers over a 3.75-inch subwoofer its maker calls the Base Station.

Designed by China-based audio company Crazybaby, the 1.75-inch Mars system takes off by itself (with a little assist from a state-of-the-art magnetic levitation mechanism) and lands automatically to charge when power is low.

While the design of the waterproof, aluminum speaker — which is outfitted with an LED light system and strobe effects — is exceedingly good to look at, it also serves a practical purpose: its detachment from other hardware provides zero-loss acoustics since it is free of any distortion-causing vibrations.

It also comes with alien technology. After linking a smartphone with the device via an app, the system will adjust its volume based on the phone’s proximity to the Mars Base. That app can also be used to link the Mars with a second speaker for a stereo listening experience.

And if you’re looking for something more portable, Crazybaby also makes a newer, less-expensive speaker that is currently funding on Kickstarter.

All images via Crazybaby

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