- Humane’s wearable Ai Pin is finally here — and some tech people don’t seem impressed.
- Some engineers reached out to X to criticize the Ai Pin’s design, features, and latest demo.
- The criticism comes at a time when engineers are debating whether Humane’s Ai Pin will be the iPhone of the AI era.
Humane’s highly anticipated Ai Pin is finally here — and some people in tech have nothing good to say about it.
Humane — founded by former Apple designers Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, who are now married — officially launched Ai Pin on Thursday. It is a screenless, standalone AI device that can be attached to your clothing.
For $699 — plus a $24 monthly subscription fee — users can use the Pin’s AI capabilities to project text onto their hands, translate voice messages into different languages, and even track their macros.
While some tech observers said Humane’s Ai Pin offered “a bold vision for the future” and could potentially change the way people interact with devices, others quickly took to X – formerly Twitter – to express their skepticism to express.
“While the user interfaces undoubtedly contain some novel new features, I think ‘AI hardware’ may prove to be a dead end.” Casey NewtonFounder of the tech blog Platformer, who said he tried Humane’s Ai pin,” wrote on X.
Humane did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment before publication.
I tried out Humane’s long-awaited new AI pin. While there are undoubtedly some novel new features in its interfaces, I think “AI hardware” may turn out to be a dead endhttps://t.co/zB2taCCmZ6
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) November 10, 2023
Some techies seem to be complaining about the design of the Ai Pin.
Avi Schiffman, who describes himself as the “founder of wearable AI,” wrote on He said it could be awkward and possibly stand out too much. Another X user said he would prefer the device to be a necklace.
As for Ai Pin’s features, other types of technology have concerns about its practicality. In response to the demo: Ben Kylakwho says he was a former designer at Apple, wrote down
When asked if Humane’s Ai Pin will be the iPhone of the AI era, some techies don’t believe the device can even come close to replacing the smartphone.
“I don’t think this will hurt compared to pulling out my phone…” Liron Shapira, a self-proclaimed AI skeptic, wrote on X in response to the Ai Pin demo. “But cool experiment.”
Some even criticized Humane’s demonstration, saying it was a snoozefest.
“This demo seems artificial and lifeless for such a potentially revolutionary piece of technology.” Joseph Zar, who says he’s building an AI startup wrote on X.
It’s presentations like this that give me the charisma and enthusiasm that Steve Jobs brought to product demonstrations. This demo seems artificial and lifeless for such a potentially revolutionary piece of technology. I’m excited to see how the markets react to this AI pin. Great concept,…
— Joseph Zar (@joseph_tsar_) November 9, 2023
Despite the criticism, some members of the tech community wrote that the Ai Pin was a “neat concept” that “embodies the essence of the invention.”
Humane’s Ai Pin isn’t the only AI device getting attention. In September, Meta announced its new AI-powered Ray-Ban smart glasses, starting at $299.
Only time will tell whether AI devices like Humane’s Ai-Pin will bring about a fundamental change in the technology industry.