Humane, the AI startup founded by former Apple designers Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, recently introduced its inaugural product, the Humane AI Pin, priced at $699. This lapel pin incorporates voice controls for functions such as information retrieval, text messaging, and calling, potentially serving as an alternative to smartphones. Noteworthy is the pin’s laser display, transforming the user’s palm into a miniature screen displaying time, date, and nearby information.
A standout feature is the absence of constant listening; the device activates only upon user engagement through voice, touch, gesture, or the laser ink display. To operate independently of smartphones, the AI Pin requires a $24 monthly data subscription to T-Mobile. The device is equipped with a Qualcomm chipset and features a built-in speaker and camera, allowing for photo and video capture, with content viewable on Humane’s web app.
The AI Pin’s capabilities include real-time translation and access to AI services from companies like Microsoft, Google, and OpenAI. It accommodates requests for music or information from sci-fi films, utilizing large language models for answers and requiring Tidal subscriptions for music access. The assistant can also provide summarized daily calendars, messages, and health data. With over $200 million raised in a financing round, including contributions from OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, orders for the Humane AI Pin are scheduled to commence on November 16.