Mac Format - - APPLEWORLD - $199 (about £120)

What is it? In the words of Om Audio, this is “The world’s first lev­i­tat­ing speaker”. A gen­tly spin­ning, Blue­tooth-con­nected speaker ‘ball’ hov­ers over a base sta­tion while play­ing mu­sic. It also packs a mi­cro­phone, so you can use it to make con­fer­ence calls while pre­tend­ing to be in the near fu­ture. The ball doesn’t rely on the base sta­tion to do any­thing ex­cept hover, though – you can just grab it and use it as a por­ta­ble speaker with 15 hours of bat­tery life any­where you like. When’s it due? De­cem­ber 2014 for early or­ders. Why are we ex­cited? Er, hello? Mostly be­cause it floats in mid-air. Heck, peo­ple who get in early can even get a disco ball ver­sion! If this doesn’t im­press the vis­it­ing in-laws, noth­ing will.

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