The highly-anticipated debut of the Humane Ai Pin occurred on Thursday, offering the public an extensive glimpse into the revolutionary screenless AI wearable aiming to supplant smartphones. The company, led by former Apple employees Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, had been shrouded in secrecy until this week, contributing to the buzz surrounding Ai Pin as a potential game-changer in computing. However, the verdict on whether Ai Pin will match the transformative impact of the iPhone or fade into novelty remains uncertain.
Despite this uncertainty, Ai Pin boasts a range of impressive features that present a compelling case for embracing a screenless future. The cutting-edge capabilities that position Ai Pin as a formidable contender against traditional smartphones are:
1. Projection onto Palm Instead of a Screen:
Humane positions Ai Pin as an “anti-smartphone,” emphasizing interaction with the surroundings rather than staring at a screen. To address the need for visuals, Ai Pin incorporates a “laser ink display” capable of projecting onto the user’s palm. Gestures such as tapping fingers together or tilting the hand trigger specific actions, providing a unique and intuitive interface.
2. Voice Commands as the Core Mode of Communication:
Due to the absence of a screen, Ai Pin relies heavily on audio communication. Humane employs OpenAI’s model for voice-activated search and task handling, referred to as “Ai Mic.” This functionality, similar to ChatGPT, enables users to interact with the device predominantly through voice commands, linking all apps and accounts for seamless access. The “Catch Me Up” feature contextualizes important updates from the inbox.
3. Real-time Food Nutrition Facts and Language Translation:
Ai Pin’s computer vision allows users to obtain real-time information, such as checking the sugar content of a Dragon Fruit for dietary purposes. Additionally, the device excels at language translation, recognizing spoken languages and providing instant translations with simple commands.
4. Privacy and Discretion Features:
Distinguishing itself from other voice assistants, Ai Pin lacks a passive listening wake word like Siri or Alexa. It activates only when manually triggered by the device owner. To address privacy concerns, Ai Pin incorporates a “prominent Trust Light” signaling when the device is in use. The “personic speaker” ensures private conversations with Ai Pin by creating a localized “bubble of sound.”
Ai Pin and its accessories are priced starting at $699, with an additional $24 monthly fee for a T-Mobile cellular plan. Orders for Ai Pin will be accepted starting November 16, with shipping scheduled to commence in early 2024.