Skip to main content

The Megi Floating Lamp is more than a smart lamp — it’s magic

If you’re old enough, you may remember the toys that “levitated” over their bases and wowed kids in the 80s and 90s. The Megi Floating Lamp captures that same feeling, but not with air-powered levitation. It uses a magnetic field to hold the bulb in place, is packed with safety features, and has voice control via its own built-in assistant.

The Megi bulb floats underneath its mount thanks to Maglev, or magnetic levitation, technology. This is the same kind of technology used to propel bullet trains to tremendous speeds. The bulb has three brightness levels. You can adjust these by tapping the base of the lamp or by saying, “Hi Megi, dim/brighten the bulb.” While the voice controls are limited to commands for the lamp, you can turn it on and off or adjust brightness levels hands-free.

At just over 15 inches tall, the Megi won’t light an entire room, but it looks perfect for use on a desk or bedside table. When you consider the Megi’s base also has wireless charging built into it, the lamp has even more appeal. The Megi Floating Lamp has a 15W fast charger built into its base for phones and other compatible devices, and a 5W USB-A charger for a secondary device.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Safety isn’t a concern, either. The bulb floats roughly half an inch below the lamp, but if pushed too far away, the magnetic field engages and snaps the bulb securely against its mount. The same thing happens if the power is disconnected for any reason. Even if the bulb should fall, it is built out of durable material that prevents shattering.

The bulb produces soft light that is easy on the eyes. Megi claims the lamp is ideal for reading, relaxing, and working, while lacking the blue light spectrum that interferes with sleep.

Megi is on Kickstarter right now, but has far surpassed its goal already. Anyone interested still has the chance at the early bird pricing, but keep in mind that investing or pledging to a Kickstarter is not a guarantee of delivery. Currently, the lowest priced package that is still up for grabs is $129.

The Megi Floating Lamp is definitely interesting to look at and could be an interesting, useful addition to any bedroom or office space if it lives up to its promise.

Editors' Recommendations

Patrick Hearn
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Patrick Hearn writes about smart home technology like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, smart light bulbs, and more. If it's a…
Home Depot’s Hubspace is a great way to start building your smart home
The Hubspace app shown in front of a living room.

Building a smart home can be intimidating. Not only do you have to figure out which products are best for your needs, but you also need to set them up using an accompanying mobile app and sync them with the rest of your gadgets. It's all a bit confusing for smart home newcomers -- but Home Depot has largely streamlined the process with its Hubspace platform.

Billed as a "smart home platform that makes smart home products easy to set up and control," it sounds like a great fit for smart home newbies. And after going hands-on with a few products in its growing lineup, I can say it definitely hits all the right notes.
Streamlined and simple

Read more
Echo Hub vs. Echo Show 15: Which is the best smart home gadget?
Amazon Fire TV on Echo Show 15.

The Echo Hub might look like a smart display, but it actually falls into a category of smart home products known as smart control panels. Unlike smart displays, which are jack-of-all-trades entertainment hubs, control panels are designed to give you enhanced control over the rest of your smart home. That's an important distinction, and it's one of the main differences between the Echo Hub and Echo Show 15.

But is the Echo Hub or Echo Show 15 better for your smart home? Here's everything you need to know before making a purchase.
Pricing and design

Read more
Echo Hub vs. Echo Show 8: Which is the best option for your smart home?
An Echo Hub mounted on the wall near a living room.

The Echo Hub and Echo Show 8 (3rd Gen) are two of the newest products to join the Amazon catalog. Both are designed with large touchscreens and make it easy to access the Alexa voice assistant, connected smart gadgets, and your favorite apps. But while the two share a few similarities, there are big differences between the Echo Hub and Echo Show 8.

Here's a closer look at the Echo Hub and Echo Show 8 to help you decide which is best for your smart home.
Pricing and design

Read more