This Communications Device is Small, But Packs a Big Punch

A tiny AI-powered high-tech communications device could be the “next big thing”.

Passersby have grown accustomed to seeing a strange sight when walking by the San Francisco offices of the AI technology firm Humane.

If you bide your time long enough outside of 969 Folsom Street, you’ll likely see company staffers walk in and out of the building wearing a lapel pin that looks innocuous enough. The device, known as the AI Pin, is anything but, as it takes the smartphone device model and gives it a wild spin.

This tiny device takes photos, swaps texts, enables web access, and offers virtual assistant services, among other user tools.

Now, the buzz is expanding over Humane’s Ai Pin, as its official debt is set for November 16 with a price set at $699, in the general range of a mid-size smartphone. The cost comes with a $24 monthly charge that includes unlimited phone calls, texting, and data hosted by T-Mobile.

Above all, the wearable Pin synchs seamlessly with artificial intelligence via verbal, touch, and even physical gestures, Humane states.

“The unique, screenless user interface is designed to blend into the background while bringing the power of AI to you in multi-modal and seamless ways,” the company states.

The company bills the Ai Pin as “effortlessly integrating” into a wearer’s daily routine and “elevating” interactions with the surrounding world.

“Designed to handle the simple and the complex, Ai Mic supercharges search and quickly finds and contextualizes what you’re looking for,” Human says. “AI-powered messaging can craft messages in your tone of voice, while the Catch Me Up function sorts through the noise of your inbox. New AI-driven music experiences come to life through a partnership with TIDAL and the AI-powered photographer helps you capture and recall important memories.”

Real-world uses are abundant. For instance, the device acts as a user’s foreign language interpreter and aids nutrition goals by identifying food using computer vision. “As the device and platform evolve with future updates, so do the possibilities it unlocks,” the company adds.

A Big Tech Partnership

Humane is also partnering with Microsoft and OpenAI which gives Ai Pin “access to some of the world’s most powerful AI models and platforms and set the foundation for new capabilities to be added as the technology evolves,” Humane states. The Pin is a standalone device that doesn’t require pairing a smartphone or hardware device. Humane is rolling out its own MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) along with U.S. partner, T-Mobile, giving owners exclusive wireless access across the globe.

“Ai Pin is the embodiment of our vision to integrate AI into the fabric of daily life, enhancing our capabilities without overshadowing our humanity,” said company co-founders Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno.

Noting Humane has been working on its Ai Pin for the past four years, the duo says the future looks bright.

“For us, Ai Pin is just the beginning,” Chaudhri says.

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