Humane, a five-year-old artificial intelligence startup founded by former Apple designers Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, has unveiled its groundbreaking new product on Thursday – the AI Pin. Priced at $699, this wearable device is designed to replace smartphones by […]
Humane, a five-year-old artificial intelligence startup founded by former Apple designers Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, has unveiled its groundbreaking new product on Thursday – the AI Pin. Priced at $699, this wearable device is designed to replace smartphones by offering users the ability to make calls, send messages, and search for information through voice commands. It also features a laser display that transforms your palm into a mini screen, showcasing the time, date, and nearby information.
Unlike traditional waking words, the AI Pin remains dormant until activated by the user via voice, touch, gesture, or laser display, ensuring privacy and convenience. Imran Chaudhri mentioned during the launch video on the company’s website, “It doesn’t do anything until you use it, and your interaction can be initiated through voice, touch, gesture, or laser display.”
In addition to the base device cost, users will also have to subscribe to a monthly plan of $24 with T-Mobile as the AI Pin operates with its own phone number and is not connected to a smartphone, distinguishing it from smartwatches.
Humane surprised many when it announced $100 million in funding from Microsoft, LG’s investment division, and Tiger Global in March, even before revealing its product. In total, the company has raised over $200 million, with contributions from OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff.
Humane is set to start taking orders for the AI Pin starting from November 16th.
During the Thursday video presentation, Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno demonstrated some of the device’s capabilities and discussed the technology powered by Qualcomm chipset. (Qualcomm Ventures is also one of the investors.)
The AI Pin comes equipped with a built-in speaker and camera, with a blinking light indicating their activation. Double tapping the pin captures photos or videos that can be reviewed through the Humane web application.
Beyond messaging, the device is capable of real-time conversation translation from Spanish to English and vice versa, as shown in the demonstration.
Users can access AI services from the internet instead of relying on downloaded applications. Humane reported collaboration with Microsoft, Google, OpenAI, and other companies to provide AI services. Users can request “play songs from famous science fiction movies” or ask for information, all powered by expansive language models. Access to music requires a Tidal subscription.
The device’s assistant can also summarize the user’s daily schedule, received messages, and health data such as “the amount of protein I’ve consumed today.”