Ferrofluid is a weird and wondrous mixture comprising insoluble nanoscale ferromagnetic particles suspended in an oily fluid. When exposed to a strong magnetic source those particles are compelled to clump together and begin to dance in an endless array of configurations that seem almost alive in movement. Now imagine that same odd-mesmerizing effect applied to an audio system engineered to turn music into a dancing globular dance party.
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The Van der Waals Bluetooth 5.1, USB-C speaker – named after Dutch physicist and Nobel laureate Johannes Diderik van der Waals – looks something like an angled snow globe. But instead of a miniature wintry wonderland housed within, the Van der Waals displays a 9-inch ferromagnetic visualizer containing what can only be described as snot-like splot of ferrofluid. Paired with 2x15W mid-bass speakers and 2x15W tweeters, the liquid undulates and moves like an uninhibited Burning Man reveler in response to frequencies and music volume.
The Van der Waals speaker is currently seeking crowdfunding until January 7th, 2022, with an early bird pricing starting at $399. More information here.