Humane, the hailed consumer device startup headed by former Apple executives, finally has a name for its illusory AI-enabled wearable device. The pocket-sized product that was discovered hidden in an executive’s front pocket During a presentation earlier this year, it was referred to as “Humane Ai Pin.” Whether it will be the “iPhone killer” some call it, or even a working device remains to be seen. It is slated to launch “later this year”.
Humane revealed the name of the upcoming device in a blog entry, and describes it as “a standalone device with a software platform that harnesses the power of AI to enable innovative personal computing experiences.” If that sounds a bit vague, that’s because it is. A video presentation of the alleged device earlier this year provided a little more clarity, showing what appeared to be an AirPod-sized screenless device performing various AI assistant tasks.
“Our Ai Pin offers people the power to take AI anywhere and usher in a new era of personal mobile computing that is seamless, screenless and sensory,” said Humane co-founders and former Apple executives Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno in a joint pronouncement.
Humane provided a few more details on the technology the company plans to incorporate into its clothing-based wearable in its blog post. The Humane Ai Pin will be based on a variety of sensors that enable “contextual and environmental computer interactions.” To achieve this, Humane is working with legacy chipmaker Qualcomm for the chips that power the device. Although details about the types of Qualcomm chips used in the device are still sparse, Ziad Asghar, Qualcomm’s senior vice president of product management, claimed that Humane’s new device “captures some of the key strengths of on-device AI makes excellent use of it and leverages real-time contextual capabilities.” Information.”
Humane and Qualcomm did not immediately respond to Gizmodo’s request for comment.
“It is [the Ai Pin] “The revolutionary and slim form factor is packed with powerful performance, allowing it to understand real-time contextual information and deliver a new and exciting experience to the wearer,” added Dev Singh, Vice President of Business Development at Qualcomm. “We can’t wait to see where they take this device.”
What is human anyway?
It’s hard to imagine a project better suited to the tech web than a startup led by two former Apple executives working to create a sophisticated, ambitious new consumer tech product. In this case, it’s the Apple renegades man-woman duo Chaudhri and Bongiorno, who worked as the tech giant’s design and software engineering directors respectively. Chaudhri spent part of his 20 years at Apple helping create some of the company’s biggest hits, including the iPad, the Apple Watch and of course the iPhone. Bongiorno led teams that developed the operating systems used in devices.
Since its inception in 2017, Humane has only recently been shrouded in mystery presented a demo to give the public some idea of what is actually being worked on. Still, despite this conundrum, or perhaps because of it, the Humane team has received oodles of money from leading tech investors. Human recently announced a sensational $100 million investment round that also included funding from Microsoft and Open AI CEO Sam Altman. The company said it will also work with OpenAI to integrate its AI into the eventual Humane product. This capital inflow follows two previous investment rounds allegedly with a total value of around 130 million US dollars. Now Humane, which has yet to release a project, is said to be worth nearly half a billion dollars.
The Humane demo attracted technology fans and skeptics
Humane gave the general public a first look at its Ai Pin device during a TED presentation earlier this year, to equal parts enthusiastic admiration and shocking skepticism. The demo reportedly showed Chaudhri walking around with the device in his breast pocket. He reportedly used it to translate his voice into French in real time, answer a phone call, update him about the day ahead and scan the nutritional value of a candy bar. All of these functions, Chaudhri said, were performed almost instantaneously with the help of AI, without the need for pairing with another device.
However, the critics of the presentation were left with more answers than questions. For example, how could the device translate Chaudhri’s voice into French without his asking it first? Other observers were also confused as to how a scammer apparently linked to Chaudhri’s calendar and health information was able to access that data without first connecting to an iPhone or other personal device. Perhaps most importantly, the demo left it unclear how someone without a front pocket is even supposed to handle the device. headband? selfie stick? utility belt? We just don’t know. In the end, the demo, if you can call it that, wasn’t quite the equivalent of Tesla CEO Elon Musk leads a dancing man out of spandex to reveal his supposedly humanoid Tesla Bot, but it certainly felt in the ballpark.
Whether or not Human’s AI Pin actually ships “later this year” as promised is actually irrelevant. Like Musk now Launch targets and deadlines were comically missed for Tesla and SpaceX projects and always just around the corner The unprecedented promise of flying cars proves time and time again that a sense of immediacy can effectively boost hype and therefore investment. Humane has plenty of it at the moment and in all of them talking toilet makers To Manufacturers of dildos Humane is striving to integrate AI into its products and is at a perfect time to further fuel the hype for its absolutely, probably, almost certainly real AI iPhone killer. Just like Qualcomm’s Singh above, we “can’t wait to see where they take this device.”