If you’ve been on Amazon in the last couple of years, you’ve probably noticed the floating speaker trend in the audio department. While some have disregarded the technology as a gimmick, LG has proven otherwise. LG has announced its contribution to the “magic speaker” market with the LG Levitating Portable Speaker PJ9, due to be launched at CES 2017 early next year. The device consists of a wireless Bluetooth speaker that hovers over its base using electromagnets. When the PJ9 is completely charged, it can play music for all directions for up to 10 hours. The great part about this speaker is that when the ten hours of battery life are up, it doesn’t stop playing music. Instead, the speaker gently lowers itself back to the charging base to recharge, all while continuing to play music.
The PJ9 is marketed as a portable speaker and is able to connect to two Bluetooth capable devices simultaneously, although its better suited for home use. The device can easily be moved from room to room, and is also suited for outdoor use as well, boasting a IPX7 compliance. This compliance allows the PJ9 to be immersed in up to 1 meter of water for half an hour without causing damage. This is more than handy if you’re looking to bring the jams to the poolside, the beach, or are just looking to be prepared in case the weather turns sour.
The charging base also functions as a powerful sub-woofer in miniature. LG claims that the speaker exhibits “flush mid-tones and crisp highs” due to its Dual Passive Radiator technology. So far, LG hasn’t said anything about how the PJ9 will be priced, or when it plans to ship the levitating speaker. The company will be showing the PJ9 at its booth at CES this year, so we’ll likely know more fairly soon.