With the runaway success of SONOS, the Santa Barbara, CA company that has revolutionized quality wireless music throughout your home, others are surely following. What is a surprise is Nest, the brainchild of ex Apple exec Tony Fadell and maker of expensive wifi thermostats and smoke detectors, is recruiting for a ‘Head of Audio’.
But stepping back a little, why not? Fadell is known at Apple as ‘The father of the iPod’. His Nest thermostat had Apple DNA written all over it. Now, Nest is owned by Google. I’m sure Fadell built in lots of autonomy within the 3.2 billion dollar sale to Google, but do you remember Google’s last shot at quality audio? The quickly discarded Nexus Q.
Nest makes quality products built by smart people. The ad specifically asked for the successful candidate to ‘lead the Nest Audio team, including acoustics, audio electronics, software, audio test and validation for all Nest Products’ and to ‘develop an audio roadmap that can support delightful user experiences using innovative features’.
I’m looking forward to reading about the successful candidate. It’s a big job. But it takes a lot more than quality engineering to create a company the likes of SONOS. A healthy dose of vision and magic is required. Oh yes, and timing. Audiophilia looks forward to reviewing Nest’s end result.