Humane, a tech startup run by former Apple designer Imran Chaudhri, today officially unveiled its first product, the Ai Pin. Priced at $700, the Ai Pin is a standalone device that Humane says was built from the ground up for artificial intelligence.
The Ai Pin attaches to a clothing item using a magnetic system that involves a detachable battery, which is also how the device is powered. The idea is to swap the battery out for a new battery when necessary, resulting in what Humane calls a “perpetual power system.” It is not clear how long each battery lasts.
Design wise, the Ai Pin looks something like an Apple Watch with a rounded rectangular shape, It is made from aluminum, comes in three colors, and has a Gorilla Glass touchpad. There’s also an “optical sensing capsule,” a 3D depth sensor, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip to power it.
A laser projector inside the Ai Pin can project information onto the user’s hand, and it is necessary because there is no standard display on the device itself. Humane calls the laser projector system a “Laser Ink Display.” Interacting with the Laser Ink Display can be done by rolling and tilting the hand, and selecting an item is done with a finger tap similar to the tap used for Apple’s own Double Tap feature on Apple Watch.
Touching the Ai Pin and speaking activates the “Ai Mic” that can answer questions and help users find information, including details they have previously relayed to the device, such as reminders. It plays music through a “Personic Speaker” that creates a bubble of sound around the wearer, plus there is an Interpreter feature. Humane says that the Ai Pin is “fluent in many languages” and can translate spoken words in real-time. There are no apps, with all actions and functions accessed through the AI.
A built-in 13-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera can be used to capture photographs and videos, either using a…
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