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Whenever I review Bluetooth speakers, at some point or another I usually end up thinking "you know, this would be so much better if it floated off of some sort of base." Alas, that never happens and I have to deal with speakers that rest on a surface. It's a hard knock life.

Enter OM, coming to change the game with the OM/One speaker. It floats. It's a sphere. It's a floating sphere that plays music. All of my dreams have become realities, and some of my realities have become dreams.

But there's a catch: OM needs some funding dollars before the One will become a thing that you and I can buy. The company is doing its own crowdfunding thing on its website, allowing users to essentially pre-order the device for anywhere between $179 and $6000. While the former is all you need to throw down to secure a speaker, the latter will get you dinner with OM's founder and CMO, as well as a speaker of your choosing (white, black, disco, or custom), a signed prototype, and a shirt.

To find out more and/or grab one for yourself, head here.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Brad

    DINNER WITH THE CORPORATE FOLKS? SIGN ME UP.

  • http://hugehog.blogspot.com/ Herman

    As if they can read my mind.
    I've always thought, "if only my speakers could levitate!"

    *ahem*

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I already used that joke. ಠ_ಠ

      • Jared K

        Its like you read my mind.
        I already thought "He already used that joke. ಠ_ಠ"

  • EH101

    This is one of those things that, even if it was terrible at what it does, I'd buy it for the levitation. That's just too cool.

    • Mike Reid

      In the future, everything hovers.

      • CopierITGuy

        Still waiting on my hoverboard! We only have until October 15th next year to experience Marty McFly's awesome ride!

  • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

    That looks incredibly amazing. Although, I do wonder, if the orb is where the speaker tech then what exactly is the base for? Is it simply to hold the levitating sphere or does it provide some other purpose as well?

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      The levitation is magnetic, so the base has to be under the orb to allow it to float. Plus it can charge your phone.

      • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

        That's actually pretty cool. Would be even better if the base were a huge battery that wirelessly charges the orb's internal battery as well.

        Edit: Seems that's exactly what it does, though it'd be nice if the base could hold a charge as well so you could bring it along and have a floating speaker anywhere.

        • Shad

          That would be awesome, I was just sitting here thinking that that would be a crazy charger for the Moto 360 if they could make the watch float and rotate.

        • Imparus

          Where did you get that it charge the orbs wireless?

          everything I have read it doesn't charge it while it is floating.

        • Tony

          Not sure if wireless charging is possible/practical at those distances (from the orb to the base).

  • http://bit.ly/breathlesstao Breathless

    I'll throw down all the money needed, just MOVE AWAY from the ones (and pluses) already, ffs. Have we run out of words or what?

  • cabbieBot

    Money means something different to everyone and it shapes their motivation for obtaining it. For some, it represents power and influence. For others, it means independence and peace of mind. For myself, the purpose of wealth is basically to be able to buy completely unnecessary & awesome gizmos like a freaking floating bluetooth speaker. GIMME!

  • Muddy B00ts

    I have got to pay attention to the tags on this site better. That is pure gold.

  • Godspoken

    I really dislike this post-Kickstarter idea of making faux crowdfunding pre-order campaigns on your own website. Pre-order drivers aren't anything new, but the notion of having "backers" seems deceptive to me.

    But still. Floating speaker, man.

  • Jared K

    Fun gimmick. But if you want a good speaker i have the UE BOOM. its VERY loud and has stereo pairing already. I'm not sure who can afford two of them but yea...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      This man speaks the truth. The UE BOOM is a great speaker.

    • remister

      Yes, Plus1 this comment. I am waiting to get another one. Do you have two of them?

      • Jared K

        I do not. $400 for BT speakers seems a little crazy for me. But i like to put the BOOM in my camel-back and when i ride my bike. Wanted another one to give to my brother so we are 2 mobile stereo speakers.
        But now I am mounting a 20W car speaker to my bike, so I've kind of upgraded away form this.

  • c

    Stop naming products "ONE"

    • Godspoken

      But it's the ONE levitating Bluetooth speaker device that you need in your life (until the new model comes out next year with 3cm more levitating capability)!

    • Matthew Fry

      I'm excited for the One Over One. It's equal to 1 but different.

  • Grayson

    I will wait for reviews. If the sound it produces is at least as good as say... a $100 bluetooth speaker, then I would consider it. I have a bad feeling that sound quality is going to be about on par with a $40 bluetooth speaker though.

    • Guest

      It'd Bluetooth. Need say more?

      • morzinbo

        yeah you kind of do

      • Grayson

        Bluetooth doesn't always mean crappy sound. Music sounds phenomenal over bluetooth in my car.

  • remister

    I am happy with my UE Boom right now.

  • Ben

    I don't want to be a huge buzz kill (okay maybe I do), but if the speaker is levitating and spinning around, won't that cause some annoying Doppler shift problems? It looks cool, but the Doppler effect is real.

    Plus, $180 for a blue-tooth speaker? Plz

  • stefan

    I think I'd rather pay for sound quality before look lol

    • Kent Andersen

      They did say that "it sounds great", but that relative. I wish they would have done some comparisons to other devices out there.

  • tdizzel

    When will they bring this technology to the auto industry? I want my flying car!!!

  • the milkman

    I don't get it.

  • JohnnyQuest

    There's practically no mention of sound quality, loudness, whether the levitation can handle loud sounds, etc... It looks amazing but it would be great if they focused on something besides the fact that it's levitating.

  • Spoony IV

    expensive gimmick

  • Woodrowe Bones

    Hmmmm my only real concern is that through that entire video (other than the mention of using 2 for stereo sound) sound quality/volume isnt mentioned once... it can levitate all it wants but if it doesnt come close to the UE Boom....

  • daisyboots

    Make this look like the practice drone (that Luke used on the Millennium Falcon in Episode 4) from Star Wars!

  • daisyboots

    This! And for $6000 I'm hoping that a light sabre comes with of course...

  • daisyboots

    Darn it, can't get the pic to post... >:(

  • RJ

    just for the record.. and for this idea i hope i could get a little discount or credit but a serious design for the levitating death star... now that would be amazing..... !!!!!! I repeat... AMAZING

  • Carl McIntyre

    This would be compelling if it charged wirelessly while floating on the stand. It doesn't and that completely ruins it.

  • Adrianus Albert Jonathan Nadea

    One of the people sound very similar to CGP Grey.

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