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  • Marijan Hassan - Tech Journalist

About Humane AI pin, the AI-powered wearable causing waves across the tech world

Last week, Humane, a tech startup founded by Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, ex-Apple employees, unveiled the Humane AI Pin giving us a glimpse of the future of wearable technology.

Designed to replace smartphones, The AI Pin is a small, square device that can be clipped to clothing with magnets. It has no screen but instead projects a laser display onto the user's hand or any surface, allowing them to use their hand as a touchscreen. Other control options include voice and gestures.

The device relies on an OpenAI-powered assistant that will help achieve the same functionalities you would with a phone but without needing apps. You can use it to listen to music, get information from the internet, make phone calls, send text messages, as well as take photos and videos.

The device also comes with extra functionalities such as real-time language translation and health tracking.

Without a screen and app notifications to distract you, the Humane AI pin allows you to get the best out of tech while being more present in the world around you. In essence, Humane is trying to remove the interface required to interact with modern-day technology.

It won’t have a home screen or lots of settings and accounts to manage. You just talk to the pin to perform your desired action.

And unlike other voice-controlled devices, the AI Pin is not constantly listening waiting for an activation phrase, a feature that can be abused to spy on you.

You’ll have to activate the device manually by tapping and dragging on the touchpad, and the Pin’s “Trust Light” blinks to let you know it’s collecting data.

The starting price for the wearable device is $699. This is exclusive of a $24 monthly fee for a Humane subscription, which gets you a phone number and data coverage through T-Mobile’s network.

Preorders for the device begin November 16, but it will start shipping next year.


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