LG is going to float speakers at CES 2017
Wireless but not quite weightless music.
While televisions and in-car technology are expected to dominate the agenda at CES 2017, it shouldn’t be forgotten that the world’s biggest consumer electronics show is host to every single other type of consumer technology as well. LG has already pre-announced 5 new handsets it will debut at CES 2017, and it has now announced a new floating speaker that will also make its first stage appearance there.
The LG Levitating Wireless Speaker - more formally, the LG PJ9 - carries its party trick in its name. Aside from floating, LG’s claim is that it will deliver up to 10 hours of listening time from a single charge via a 360 degree speaker array built into the floating section of the speaker.
When the power runs low, rather than plummet, it instead floats down onto its dock to charge with no interruption to the music. The speaker is IPX7 compliant, so it would be feasible to use it outdoors, and, let’s face it, this is a speaker you might buy in order to show off.
As with the similar Star Wars-themed Death Star Speaker that you can already buy, the LG PJ9 uses electromagnets to create its levitation effect, so don’t expect it to float around the house following you with music wherever you go. Maybe we’ll get that with its successor.
We'll be covering all the big launch news live from CES 2017 in Las Vegas.