The Van Der Waals speaker was developed by Sergey Kuznetsov, the founder of the escape room franchise Claustrophobia. It includes a 9-inch visualizer that contains ferrofluid, a special type of liquid with tiny magnetic particles floating around in it.

Originally developed by NASA and used in rocket ships to control fuel in zero gravity environments, this alien-looking black blob will react to the device’s electromagnetic field and dance around in time with the sounds being played.

According to the speaker’s Kickstarter page, “fluid control algorithms” are used to create the visualization, which adjusts in response to the overarching frequencies and the volume of the music played through the speaker. Thus, each user’s dancing black blob is distinct from the other users’.

With prices starting at $349 for the most basic package, the Van Der Waals speaker demonstrates that it is more than just an expensive visualizer when considering the features that come with it.

The speaker’s internal components include two 15-watt mid-bass speakers and two 15-watt tweeters. As stated by the speaker’s designers, Qualcomm supplied its receivers, while Texas Instruments supplied the speaker’s digital signal processors and amplifiers. Qualcomm is a semiconductor manufacturing company. Bluetooth 5.1 is also included, as is support for AAC, SBC, aptX, aptX HD, and aptX Adaptive for high-quality audio streaming.

The Kickstarter campaign was launched on November 24th, and as of this writing, it has raised $340,178, which is more than ten times its original goal of $25,000. Users will be able to customize the speaker’s turn-on sound fluid pattern now that some of the stretch goals have been achieved, and a microphone will also be included. This means that the ferrofluid will be able to respond to sounds in the environment. In addition to black, the speaker will be available in white.

You can find out more about the Kickstarter project on their website.

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