Humane, a Silicon Valley startup with a star-studded roster of co-founders and executives, unveiled a $699 device on Thursday that aims to bring cutting-edge artificial intelligence to a lapel near you.
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 developer OpenAI and cloud computing power from Microsoft. It uses a laser projection system to display text and monochromatic images on a user’s hand.
Founded by former Apple veterans who worked on the iPhone, Humane is one of many Silicon Valley companies looking to create the next generation of consumer devices. But the company has strongly rejected mixed reality headsets in the works from companies like Apple and Meta Platforms, with Humane co-founder and president Imran Chaudhri saying during a demonstration of the Ai Pin earlier this year that “the future is not in sight “. your face.”
Instead, Humane offers a device without a traditional screen that relies almost entirely on artificial intelligence to interact with the user. The Pin’s virtual assistant aims to overtake others by composing messages in the user’s tone of voice and offers a “Catch Me Up” feature to summarize a cluttered email inbox. The pin also has a camera that can take images or use computer vision to scan objects like food and provide the user with an estimate of their nutrient content.
“Ai Pin is the embodiment of our vision to integrate AI into the fabric of our daily lives and enhance our capabilities without overshadowing our humanity,” Chaudhri said in a statement.
The company announced that the Ai Pin will be available in the US starting November 16th. Humane has raised $241 million from Microsoft, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and others.
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