Humane, a visionary startup founded by former Apple employees, has officially unveiled the Ai Pin—a revolutionary wearable device and software platform designed to harness the full power of artificial intelligence (AI). Marking a new era in personal consumer technology, Ai Pin promises users the ability to carry AI everywhere in a novel, conversational, and screenless form factor. The device will be available for order in the U.S. starting November 16, with prices beginning at $699 for the complete system.
Design and Features
The Ai Pin magnetically attaches to the wearer's lapel, resembling a small square device with an on-board camera, microphone, depth and motion sensors. Powered by a Qualcomm chip and leveraging AI, the device is designed to collect and process data seamlessly. Humane envisions the Ai Pin as a potential replacement for smartphones.
Ai Pin reimagines the way users interact with AI, offering a variety of intuitive options such as natural speech, an innovative touchpad, object recognition, gestures, and the pioneering Laser Ink Display projected onto the user's palm. The screenless interface is designed to seamlessly blend into the background while providing the power of AI through multi-modal and intuitive methods.
Humane envisions Ai Pin as seamlessly integrating into users' daily routines, enhancing interactions with the surrounding world. The device is equipped with features such as Ai Mic for advanced search capabilities, AI-powered messaging that crafts messages in the user's tone, and the Catch Me Up function to manage inbox noise. Collaborations with partners like TIDAL bring AI-driven music experiences to life, and the device can serve as a language interpreter and support nutrition goals through computer vision-based food identification.
Cosmos: An AI-Infused Operating System
Humane introduces Cosmos, an operating system tailored for the AI era, blending intelligent technologies with intuitive interaction and advanced security. The Ai Bus, a new AI software framework, eliminates the need for downloading, managing, or launching apps, swiftly connecting users to the right AI experiences or services.
Perpetual Power and Style
Ai Pin boasts a two-piece design with the main computer and a battery booster, connected magnetically to enable versatile wear. The perpetual power system allows users to hot swap battery boosters on-the-go, ensuring uninterrupted usage and all-day battery life. With three color options—Eclipse, Equinox, and Lunar—Ai Pin merges cutting-edge technology with style.
Despite its compact size, Ai Pin is a technological powerhouse. Powered by a Snapdragon processor with a dedicated Qualcomm AI Engine, the device ensures fast and reliable AI interactions. Equipped with an ultra-wide RGB camera, depth sensor, motion sensors, and a personic speaker, Ai Pin provides an immersive experience. Privacy remains a priority, with the device activating only upon user engagement, featuring no constant listening or recording, and a Trust Light indicating sensor activity.
Centralized Control with Humane.center
Ai Pin connects to Humane.center for centralized control and data management, serving as a hub for the device. Users can access photos, videos, and notes, tailoring services to individual preferences through a privacy-protected portal.
Unique Collaborations and Future Vision
Collaborations with Microsoft and OpenAI grant Ai Pin access to powerful AI models and platforms, laying the foundation for future capabilities. The device operates independently, not requiring pairing with a smartphone. Humane launches its MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) for wireless service, collaborating with T-Mobile.
Pricing and Subscription Plan
Ai Pin is available starting at $699, including the device, two battery boosters, a charge pad, a charge case, a cable, and an adapter. A comprehensive subscription plan, priced at $24 per month, includes a dedicated cell phone number, unlimited talk, text, and data, along with cloud storage and full access to Humane's growing suite of AI-powered services.
Investor Backing and Industry Impact
Backed by prominent investors, including Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, Humane aims to harness AI to amplify human potential. With $230 million in funding, including a $100 million Series C announced in March, the company has positioned the Ai Pin as a groundbreaking step towards ambient computing.
Commitment to an AI-Powered Future
Humane's Co-Founders, Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, express their vision for Ai Pin as the embodiment of integrating AI into daily life to enhance capabilities without overshadowing humanity. Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, emphasizes the shared vision of a future where AI amplifies human potential.
The Ai Pin's launch follows months of speculation and teasers, positioning itself as a unique product in the rapidly evolving landscape of wearable and ambient computing devices. As Humane sets out to redefine the way individuals interact with technology, the Ai Pin represents a bold vision for a future where AI seamlessly integrates into the fabric of daily life.