Nothing has unveiled its next set of true wireless headphones on the catwalk, never a company to follow the usual tech product launch rulebook. The Ear (stick) was the focal point of designer Chet Los SS23 runway show, which was part of this years London Fashion Week.
Alongside the Phone 1 smartphone, models showed off the previously unseen in-ears, in custom-designed bags that showcased Glyph Interface lighting.
The successor/rangemate to the Ear (1) is expected to arrive in a considerably larger case, which is tube-shaped rather than rectangular. The cases shape is apparently inspired by cosmetics products. It remains to be seen whether that will make it more awkward to slip in and out of a pocket, or make room for a larger battery.
The only downside is that Nothing is still obsessed with transparent technology: the case is see-through, and the earphones themselves appear to have a similar look to the original earphone offering. Nothing calls the Ear (stick) feather-light and supremely comfortable, while suggesting that the earbuds will be sculpted to your ears.
Nothing will be heard right now, with Nothing being questioned about whether the headphones will be an upgrade over the existing Ear 1, or will utilize the same internal hardware. The official photographs from the fashion show seem to show a familiar shape, but it could just be a trick of the transparent casing.
There is no indication on when Nothing will reveal more information on the Ear Stick only that will be later this year or what it will cost. We do know that limited-run bags will be available to order (spiky knitwear and all) in early 2023.