It floats. Seriously.
Mars, said to be a world first in UFO-shaped levitating speaker system, floats idyllically on top of the subwoofer module while it’s belting out the guilty playlist full of 90’s pop tunes from your phone.
Designed as a spaceship speaker, the “Mars Craft”, as its developers call it, takes off when it’s fully charged and self-lands when the power is low. It’s a wireless and portable speaker with hi-fi sound solution, according to Crazybaby, the company behind the product.
“While many audio products on the market feature either good sound quality, cool design, or an affordable price, no product delivers all three – until now,” Crazybaby co-founder Linda Zhao says.
It’s currently still 22 days out from finishing its Indiegogo campaign, but they’ve already managed to not only meet their funding goal of US$100,000 (NZ$127,779), but has actually managed to triple that goal.
The magic behind the speaker system is in the revolutionary Gravitron® technology designed by Levitation Arts. The system also incorporate hi-fi sound powered by aptX®, a proprietary audio coding technology that provides the same quality as a CD over Bluetooth.
Weighing at 1.5lbs and measuring only 120mm in diameter and 33mm in height, it’s a tiny portable powerhouse of a speaker system, according to its makers.
While the floating module encapsulates a 1.75 inch full-range speaker and passive radiator, its 4.5 inch subwoofer module also holds a 10,000mAH powerbank underneath.
Allen Zhang, the mind behind the device, says the levitation isn’t just a unique parlour trick, but an important aspect of the acoustic design. By allowing the top piece to decouple from the solid subwoofer base, it means there is unimpeded sound transference.
What that means is that the surfaces that usually absorbs sound waves such as carpet or wood are no longer directly in contact with the speaker, allowing for more sound to reach your ears.
It also contains a proximity volume that knows how far away it is from your Bluetooth-paired phone, and adjusts volume based on distance, as well as including a high-sensitivity microphone and USB charging for conference calls.
Let’s face it. This is pretty cool. It’s definitely a tech geek’s dream device (maybe for some in the audiophile community too) and ultimately, who wouldn’t want to own a speaker that can float in the middle of your next party.
It’s currently available for pre-ordering through its Indiegogo campaign, though they’re disappearing fast.
Idealog has been covering the most interesting people, businesses and issues from the fields of innovation, design, technology and urban development for over 12 years. And we're asking for your support so we can keep telling those stories, inspire more entrepreneurs to start their own businesses and keep pushing New Zealand forward. Give over $5 a month and you will not only be supporting New Zealand innovation, but you’ll also receive a print subscription and a copy of the new book by David Downs and Dr. Michelle Dickinson, No. 8 Recharged (while stocks last).
Idealog is part of ICG. We work with clients like Woolworths New Zealand, All Good, Huffer, Liquorland, Resene, Citta Design, TVNZ, Spark and FCB on their event activations, in-store, in-office or out-of-home signage, content creation and vehicle wraps.