11 May 2021
Late last month, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei revealed that the name of his new venture is Nothing. It was confirmed to be a consumer electronics brand focused on making smart devices. He has now revealed slightly more details about what to expect from the company but the majority of the information is still under wraps.
Pei has announced that the first Nothing-branded product will be a pair of wireless headphones. It will be launched sometime during the summer but an exact month or date is a mystery. Even the specific details about the audio product have not been revealed. It means we do not know whether these are over-the-head headphones or truly wireless earphones (TWS). The latter category has boomed in recent times and there is a good chance Nothing might debut in the market with the same.
The launch of the first audio product will be followed by other "smart, connected consumer products". These products will be launched within this year and thus creating an ecosystem. Pei says each of these devices will be capable of communicating with each other for getting things done. It seems like Nothing wants to be a part of the smart home revolution that is currently under process and many big names of the tech world are leading the charge.
Lastly, Nothing has raised $15 million in its latest funding round. The investment was led by none other than GV (formerly known as Google Ventures), the venture capital arm of Alphabet. This is in addition to the $7 million it received in seed funding through a bunch of well-known individual investors.