Back in March, Teenage Engineering announced it became a founding partner of Nothing, and will contribute to the brand’s product designs.
The Ear 1 appears to be the first of those devices. And although the brand has been quiet about details – specs, looks and pricing – we were teased with an image of what the earbuds might look like in a tweet sent earlier this month.
— Nothing (@nothing) May 11, 2021
Nothing also shared a brief, albeit cryptic, description on the Ear 1’s design, calling it “the first step in a long and exciting journey ahead”.
“Design is still top secret but what we can tell you is that Ear 1 combines notes of transparency, iconic form, and refined functionality,” the brand wrote. “It is the starting point that will define the artistry, confidence and craftsmanship that will carry our products and services for years to come.
“Mirroring the product’s stripped-down aesthetic, the name Ear 1 echoes our raw ambition – to let things be what they are.”
Nothing was founded by ex-OnePlus executive Carl Pei and has drawn investments from prominent names in the tech industry, including the likes of iPod inventor Tony Fadell, Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin and Reddit CEO Steve Huffman.
The company describes its mission as “remov[ing] barriers between people and technology by designing intuitive and smart tech that improves our lives without getting in the way of it”.
In a video on the announcement posted in February, Teenage Engineering co-founder and CEO Jesper Kouthoofd and vice head of design Tom Howard revealed they would be serving as “design vision” and “head of design”, respectively, for Nothing.
See the video below:
Meet Jesper Kouthoofd, the visionary behind Nothing’s design world, and Tom Howard our Head of Design. pic.twitter.com/ibcKyQCsSU
— Nothing (@nothing) February 25, 2021