It looks like Nest is getting into the audio business, and even though we have no idea what the Google company plans to make, we can be sure that Sonos is a little nervous.
It’s an odd transition from smart thermostats and smoke detectors to audio products, but Nest is now hiring a “a highly technical head of audio to lead the development of Nest Audio across hardware and software, present and future”.
The job posting (tipped by TechCrunch) looks like this:
• Lead the Nest Audio team, including acoustics, audio electronics, audio SW, audio test and validation for all Nest products
• Build a world class audio team through hiring and mentoring
• Develop an audio roadmap for Nest products, including HW and SW, that can support delightful user experiences and innovative features
• BS/MS in engineering or related technical field, or equivalent practical experience
• 10+ years of experience in audio development, including hardware and software
• 2-4 years of experience in direct personnel management
• Deep technical knowledge into complex audio systems and audio development in both hardware and software
• Extraordinary leadership talent, with a proven ability to grow and lead high performing teams
• Proven technical leadership, with the ability to chart appropriate course in complex situations
• A desire to redefine consumer audio experiences with innovative solutions to challenging problems
• Proven experience building complex, high volume, high quality products
Meanwhile, Nest also is hiring an acoustics design engineer, preferably with a PhD and the ability to build an anechoic chamber.
The engineer should have 7+ years experience in the “design, prototyping and development of consumer audio systems”.
The jobs are located in Palo Alto, California.
We imagine that, instead of a siren blaring (and blaring and blaring and blaring …) when smoke is detected, your smart home could pipe Burning Down the House through the new Nest speakers.