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[Jan. 19, 2024: JJ Shavit, The Brighter Side of News]

Humane's vision for the AI PIN is clear—it is intended to be a stand-alone device rather than a mere smartphone accessory. (CREDIT: Humane)

In a highly anticipated announcement, Humane, a company founded by former Apple alumni Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, has officially introduced the AI PIN—a groundbreaking wearable device that leverages the power of artificial intelligence. After months of speculation, the world can finally catch a glimpse of this innovative gadget that promises to reshape the way we connect with technology and each other.

Resembling a simple pin, the AI PIN attaches to clothing and offers users a seamless way to access a wide range of services through voice commands, touch gestures, or a laser projector. With its impressive features and potential to revolutionize the tech industry, the AI PIN has generated significant excitement and interest.


The AI PIN's Impressive Features

At the heart of the AI PIN lies a Snapdragon processor, an ultra-wide camera, depth sensors, and a speaker. This powerful combination of hardware components enables the device to perform a multitude of tasks with ease. What sets the AI PIN apart is its internal battery, which provides the flexibility of rapid battery replacement through an external magnetically attached power source. This ensures that users can keep their device operational without inconvenient downtime.

Positioned as "the new way to connect to the world," the AI PIN has ambitious goals—to replace traditional smartphones and offer users a more immersive and natural way to interact with technology. This revolutionary wearable device allows users to stay connected without relying on screens or keyboards, offering a more seamless and human-centric experience.


A Multifunctional Device

One of the standout features of the AI PIN is its ability to handle calls, messages, and notifications directly on the pin itself. Users can effortlessly respond to notices through voice or touch commands, eliminating the need to pull out a phone or rely on other cumbersome devices. Moreover, the AI PIN extends its functionality to music control, enabling users to select songs, manage playlists, and adjust volume settings with ease.


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Beyond these communication and entertainment features, the AI PIN demonstrates its environmental awareness by assisting users with everyday tasks. It can compare product prices in stores, provide nutritional information for food items, and even project images onto users' palms or surfaces. This versatility opens up a world of possibilities, from creating interfaces for music to displaying incoming calls and text messages.

In an era of growing concerns about privacy and data security, Humane has taken proactive measures to ensure that the AI PIN respects users' privacy. The company emphasizes that the pin does not continuously listen or record conversations. Instead, users must manually activate the device through touch, with a dedicated light indicating when recording is in progress. This commitment to privacy and user control sets the AI PIN apart in the wearable tech landscape.


Humane's vision for the AI PIN is clear—it is intended to be a stand-alone device rather than a mere smartphone accessory. All user data is securely stored in the cloud as part of an artificial intelligence model.

The AI PIN attaches to clothing and offers users a seamless way to access a wide range of services through voice commands, touch gestures, or a laser projector. Here the user is viewing a text message projected to their hand. (CREDIT: Humane)

The device itself, priced at $699, includes a charger and two battery boosters to ensure uninterrupted usage. However, to access T-Mobile cellular network connectivity, the AI model, and cloud storage for information and photos, users are required to subscribe to a monthly plan priced at $24.


Humane's commitment to creating innovative technology that feels familiar, natural, and human is at the core of their mission. The company seeks to enhance the human experience through technology driven by good intentions.

The AI PIN uses voice commands, touch and hand gestures, in concert with a laser projector, to engage with mobile phone functions and to receive calls. (CREDIT: Humane)

Humane's belief in reconnecting people with themselves, each other, and the world around them is evident in their product offerings. They strive to provide experiences founded on trust, marked by magical and enjoyable interactions. Humane's very foundation rests on the principle that everyone deserves more from technology.


A Journey of Innovation

Founded in 2018, Humane has quickly gained momentum in the tech industry. With $230 million in funding and strategic collaborations with industry giants like Microsoft, LG, SanDisk, Qualcomm, and OpenAI—the company behind the ChatGPT artificial intelligence model—Humane is positioned to lead the way in wearable AI technology.

"Supermodel Naomi Campbell is the first person outside of the company to wear the device in public at a Paris fashion show (Humane x Coperni) as a way to show off the device's new form factor. (CREDIT: Johanna Geron / Reuters)

The AI PIN's official unveiling marks a significant milestone in Humane's journey of innovation.


As the world eagerly awaits the release of this revolutionary wearable device, it's clear that Humane's vision of technology that enhances the human experience is becoming a reality. With its focus on privacy, user control, and multifunctional capabilities, the AI PIN promises to redefine our relationship with technology and pave the way for a more connected and humane future.

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