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LG’s floating Bluetooth speaker is more than just a gimmick

LG’s Floating Portable Speaker (LG).

More often than not, our favorite devices unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show is more about flash than they are about function. That is certainly the case with LG’s Floating Portable Speaker that floats on a dock while blasting audio in every direction, and give your guests something to talk about.

The Floating Portable Speaker (aka PJ9) applications of electromagnets in the Levitation Station (which sits under the speaker itself) to keep the speaker afloat. While a 360-degree omni-directional speaker is in the floating-point unit, the Levitation Station has a subwoofer embedded in to improve the sound quality.

Perhaps the most valuable feature of the PJ9 is the 10-hour battery life, but even more impressive is the fact that the speaker automatically to descend in the Levitation Station to recharge when the battery is almost empty. In addition, the entire unit is IPX7 compliant, which means that it must continue during a rainstorm.

Finally, LG says that PJ9 is equipped with Multipoint technology, giving it the ability to connect to two Bluetooth devices at the same time. That is quite a part for a seemingly useless floating speaker.

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“Our latest addition to our growing range of premium wireless audio devices is not only eye-catching, but also communicates the message that LG seriously on to something else on the table,” said Brian Kwon, president and CEO of LG Home Entertainment Company. “We are completely dedicated to the exploration of new concepts and new, innovative designs for advanced audio products for consumers all over the world, and the PJ9 is the latest example of this commitment.”

LG will reveal more about the speaker at the CES in 2017.

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