Nothing just cryptically revealed a new (old) pair of TWS earbuds

It’s not entirely clear if Nothing is releasing an upgrade for the Ear (1) TWS earbuds, but the rumor mill seems to indicate that their latest product, the Nothing Ear (Stick) is simply a new charging case for their existing TWS earbud design from last year.

I bet you have a lot of questions. Don’t worry, me too. The announcement (or rather unveiling) for the Ear (Stick) came quite unexpectedly, without even a poster or keynote to mark the moment. Revealed as an accessory at Chet Lo’s SS23 runway fashion show, the Ear (Stick) appears to be a new design for the earbuds (1). Unlike the old box which is square, this one has been styled to be the same shape and size as a lipstick (or if you’re after a less glamorous term, a nebulizer). It is unfair to assume or speculate that the earplugs with the ear (stick) are simply the older earplugs. As far as we know, the design hasn’t changed, although there’s no indication that this new SKU might be getting some sort of revamp in the form of a spec upgrade.

Designer: Nothing

Without getting too into the actual art direction of the images (I’ve never really understood experimental fashion, tbh), let’s just analyze the technology ahead. Pei has often argued that Nothing is focused on doing things differently, creating an ecosystem that is accessible to all and designed to break the status quo. Without details about the ear (batten) it’s hard to really criticize the company’s implementation of the philosophy… however, the ear (batten) looks different from any other TWS case from a large company. They also open differently, by turning the transparent outer barrel so that the cutout on it matches the TWS earbuds in the inner barrel.

Perhaps an ecosystem feature is also at play (who knows, the earbud housing could also unlock your Tesla or something), though one thing stands out… the company has touted the phone’s (1) ability to invert devices like TWS earbuds. charge simply by placing them on the coil of the phone (1). This seems unlikely with the ear (stick) as the cylindrical shape is likely to roll off the phone.

With this announcement, Nothing is expected to reveal more details about the ear (stick) over time. At least the company masters the art of disclosure, leaking strategic bits to fans and the media… as the Glyph Interface first debuted in March, 4 months before its launch in July!