The Humane Ai Pin finally debuted on Thursday, giving the public their first in-depth look at the screenless AI wearable that aims to replace the smartphone.

Humane, led by former Apple employees Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, operated in stealth mode until this week, building hype for Ai Pin as the future of computing. Of course, that remains to be seen. The jury is still out on whether Ai Pin is as revolutionary as the iPhone, or whether its novelty fails to last.


Humane launches “Ai Pin”, a screenless wearable powered by OpenAI

Either way, Ai Pin comes with some impressive capabilities that make a compelling argument for screenless mode. Let’s take a look at the futuristic features that Ai Pin offers on the smartphone.

1. Instead of a screen, Ai Pin projects onto your palm

Humane presents Ai Pin as an anti-smartphone, where instead of looking at a screen, you can interact with the world around you. But sometimes you need visuals. To compensate for this, Ai Pin is built with a “laser ink screen” that can project onto your palm. Similar to the Apple Watch double-tap feature, tapping your index finger and thumb simultaneously can pause or play music. Other gestures include tilting the hand forward, backward, or down, all of which have specific actions.

Humane Ai Pin projecting a visual onto a woman's palm

A mini laser projector can display visuals on your hand that can be controlled by hand and finger gestures.
Credit: Human

2. Ai Pin wants to make voice control more prominent

Since there is no screen, Ai Pin’s primary mode of communication is through audio. Humane uses OpenAI’s model to handle search and task management via voice command, or what it calls Ai Mic.

ChatGPT already has a version of this, so it’s like you’re using it as your primary way to interact with the device. But with Ai Pin, all your apps and accounts are linked to the device, so you can use Ai Mic to search your inbox for a booking code or dictate messages to people in your contact list.

woman wearing camouflage jacket with Human Ai pin attached

Using an OpenAI-based model, Ai Pin functions as your virtual assistant.
Credit: Human

There’s also a feature called “Catch Me Up” that sorts your inbox to contextualize important updates, such as the result of an email chain coordinating dinner plans.

3. It can tell you about food nutrition and translate languages ​​in real time

In the promotional videoa woman uses Ai Pin’s computer vision to determine how much sugar is in a dragon fruit and see if it meets her dietary goals.

The Ai Pin might also be supposed to examine a handful of almonds in your palm and tell how much protein it contains – but that might not be the case. totally accurate. Humane is starting with this feature as a nutrition tool, but says it will expand to more uses in the future.

Another touted feature of Ai Pin is real-time translation. The device can recognize the spoken language and translate it for you, or vice versa, with a few simple commands.

4. The Ai Pin takes into account confidentiality and discretion

Unlike other voice assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant, Ai Pin doesn’t have a wake word, meaning it doesn’t passively listen to your conversations. It only turns on when the device owner activates it manually. To address monitoring issues, Ai Pin has a prominent “Trust Light” that turns on when the device is in use.

To keep conversations between you and Ai Pin private, the device uses a “personal speaker” that creates a “sound bubble”.

Ai Pin and accessories start at $699, plus $24 per month for a cellular plan through T-Mobile. Humane will begin taking orders for Ai Pin on November 16 and begin shipping them in early 2024.

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