Humane reveals name of its first gadget, Ai Pin and it will be available later this year – Interesting Engineering

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Humane Inc., a start-up founded by former Apple executives, has revealed the name of its first gadget, "Ai Pin" and confirmed that it will be launched later this year. Founded in 2017, the company emerged from its stealth mode in 2021 and unveiled the functionality of its device earlier this year. We still do not know what the final device will look like.
16 years ago, Imran Chaudhri and his now wife Bethany Bongiorno were executives at Apple when Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone that changed the world of smartphones. Today, the first of these phones can fetch up to $100,000 for their iconic design, technology, and place in history.
Through their venture, Humane, Chaudhri, and Bongiorno now want to make the iPhone, and other smartphones, a relic and dream up a brand new world powered by artificial intelligence and one that does not need screens to interact with technology.
The world caught glimpses of such a future at this year's TED Talk in April, where Chaudhri showcased how the technology could work. In his talk, Chaudhari spoke about the 'Disappearing Computer' and how Humane was working toward it.

Apart from the fact that the technology was powered by a piece of equipment in his chest pocket, we had no further details of the device. In the run-up to the likely launch of the device later this year, the company has now revealed that it calls it the Humane Ai Pin.
Besides revealing the name of its first gadget, Humane has also shown that Qualcomm's Snapdragon family of chips will power it, the one's that power smartphones and mixed-reality devices these days. The technology under the hood is the same, so Humane is changing how you interact with it.
To do so, it relies on voice-based control and the ability of the device to understand your instructions, act upon them and deliver audio or visual responses to them. It is hardly a surprise then that the company is teaming up with OpenAI, and both Sam Altman and Microsoft have invested in the company, Reuters reported.
Nevertheless, there are many more unknowns about the Ai Pin than we know. For instance, why is the Humane using Ai, not AI, in the nomenclature? The Ai Pin uses a range of sensors to interact with the environment, but we have only seen a few of them in action during the TED talk. What else can it do that could make screen-based phones obsolete?
Humane's intention to take us away from our screens is honest and heartwarming. But how the company plans to address privacy issues arising from a projector or a computer voice reading out messages aloud in public remains to be seen.
Also, there is the issue of the price of the final device and its capabilities if it wants to compete with the smartphone of today. Guess, Humane will slowly reveal this information in the coming months, and we will cover it.
For those, who want to know how to become early adopters of the device, there is a waitlist.


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