What you need to know
- Carl Pei's audio venture Nothing has announced Swedish-based teenage engineering as a founding partner.
- Teenage engineering makes synthesizers and wireless audio products that stand out for their design.
- Nothing will leverage teenage engineering's unique design aesthetic for its upcoming products.
Carl Pei's audio startup Nothing will unveil its first products over the coming months, and the brand has positioned design as a key differentiator. Now we have a better understanding of the direction Nothing intends to take in the audio category; the brand has announced Swedish audio brand teenage engineering as a founding partner.
Teenage engineering was established back in 2005, and the Swedish brand rolled out its first synthesizer, the OP-1, in 2011. The synthesizer stood out for its unique design and feature-set and gained momentum with musicians (Swedish House Mafia and OK Go used it extensively). Teenage engineering followed the OP-1 with the OP-Z in 2018, another synth with a standout design and intriguing feature-set.
The company also makes affordable synths in the Pocket Operator series, and it has dabbled in wireless audio with the OD-11, a 100-watt wireless speaker with minimalist design. Then came the OB-4, a portable Bluetooth speaker with built-in FM radio and analog controls. Teenage engineering also collaborated with Panic over the upcoming Playdate handheld console.
Teenage engineering's products stand out for their design, and it's clear that Nothing is looking to leverage this unique design aesthetic for its products. Teenage engineering's co-founder and CEO Jesper Kouthoofd will serve as the Creative Lead and the "visionary" behind Nothing's design world, and the company's head of design will oversee design at Nothing as well. From Kouthoofd:
From Carl Pei:
As a long-time fan of teenage engineering products, I'm excited to see what Nothing's first products will look like. The brand is slated to introduce wireless headphones in the summer, and it is possible they'll share the same minimal aesthetic as other teenage engineering products.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.