Van der Waals’ speaker features a space-age ferrofluid visualizer

Let’s be honest, the speaker space is an incredibly competitive, especially when your competition includes the likes of audio giants like Bang & Olufsen, Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser. Thankfully, there are startups like Van der Waals, who have made one of the coolest speakers I have seen in some time.

Van der Waals’ speaker aims to create the ultimate audio-visual listening experience, upping the ante and delivering a new dimension to your music experience. For those unfamiliar with ferromagnetic fluid, it was invented in 1963 by NASA’s Steve Papell to create liquid rocket fuel that could be drawn toward a fuel pump in a weightless environment by applying a magnetic field. The name ferrofluid was introduced, the process improved, more highly magnetic liquids synthesised, additional carrier liquids discovered, and the physical chemistry elucidated by R. E. Rosensweig and colleagues. It’s essentially a solid and a liquid at the same time, so when you agitate it with sound waves the ferrofluid changes its shape in accordance with the vibrations. The result is a very trippy visual experience that makes it look like some jet-black flubber is dancing to your music. Van der Waals’ speaker also has a set of LED speaker lights installed in it, which just adds to the visual experience.

You can even double the visual and audio effect by purchasing two Van der Waals speakers…

It isn’t available worldwide just yet, but if you move fast, you can get one of the 500 available units for $349 on their Kickstarter page.


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Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and House. A man that lives in a world of beats and bass, and total confusion about life!