LG announced it will launch a floating Bluetooth speaker at this year’s CES in early January. The PJ9 hovers in place over an accompanying “Levitation Station” filled with electromagnets. That station doubles as the speaker’s bass, benefiting from broader surface area and stable footing.
The PJ9’s real standout feature is the futuristic way it handles battery life.
The air-freshener shaped speaker gets 10 hours on a charge, and it will automatically descend onto the base and begin charging without intervention when the battery starts getting low. Yes, the top of the charging base doubles as a wireless charger—and the entire recharging process can occur without interrupting music playback.
LG is touting the PJ9 as “portable” and says it is IPX7 compliant, an impressive rating that should make it suitable for outdoor use even in wet environments. The levitating Bluetooth speaker also has Multipoint technology, enabling it to connect to two devices at the same time.
While the applications of a floating speaker are likely outnumbered by its limitations, you have to admit it looks pretty cool.