Humane, a Silicon Valley startup with a star-studded roster of co-founders and CEOs, launched a $699 device on Thursday that aims to put advanced artificial intelligence on your lapel.
The Ai Pin, as the device is called, is designed to be worn on clothing and can be tapped to talk to a virtual assistant powered by technologies from ChatGPT creator OpenAI and Microsoft’s cloud computing power. It uses a laser display system to display text and monochrome images at the user’s hand.
Founded by former Apple experts who worked on the iPhone, Humane is one of many Silicon Valley companies looking to create the next wave of consumer devices. But the company has clearly rejected the mixed reality headsets that the likes of Apple and Meta Platforms are working on, with Humane co-founder and CEO Imran Choudhary saying in an Ai Pin presentation earlier this year that “the future is not your future.” “Face of lying.”
Instead, Humane offers a device without a traditional screen that relies almost entirely on artificial intelligence to interact with the user. Pin’s virtual assistant tries to get ahead of the crowd by creating messages based on the user’s tone of voice and offers a “Catch Me Up” feature to sum up a cluttered email inbox. Pin also includes a camera that can take photos or use computer vision to scan things like food, allowing the user to get an estimate of its nutritional value.
“Ai Pin is the embodiment of our vision to integrate AI into the fabric of everyday life, expanding our capabilities without overwhelming our humanity,” Chaudhry said in a statement.
The company said that Ai Pin will be available in the US starting November 16. Humane has raised $241 million from Microsoft, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and others. (Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)
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