London-based Car Pei’s technology company Nothing has announced the design of truly wireless headphones. The Concept 1 is a forerunner of the design language that we could see in upcoming Nothing products, including the soon-to-be-announced truly wireless headphones.
To be clear, the Concept 1 is not the final product hitting retail stores in the summer of this year. But it gives us enough clues as to what to expect from Nothing’s truly wireless headphones. “Concept 1 is inspired by a grandmother’s tobacco pipe,” says Nothing in a blog post. “We try to base our objects on something familiar, which we hope will allow them to feel fresh for many years.
The Concept 1 is reminiscent of Shure’s premium in-ear headphones, known for incorporating a semi-transparent design. “We peel off everything superficial, like unnecessary branding on the surface, to focus solely on what adds real value to the user experience.
For the past few days, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s new tech company has been building buzz around the brand, as well as the first set of products to appear this year. The UK-based consumer technology company recently announced that Stockholm-based design and engineering firm ‘Teen Engineering’ will join Nothing as a founding partner to lead the company’s product vision and design. Tom Howard, the teenage deputy director of engineering, will serve as design director for Nothing.
Pei’s company plans to launch more audio products throughout the year. There was nothing in the news recently when it announced that it would acquire the Andy Rubin’s Essential brand, giving Pei’s company ownership of the late Android smartphone maker’s trademarks and logo in January. It is not clear exactly what Nothing will do with the brand.