The new device called the Ai Pin, made by a secretive startup called Humane, might be quite expensive, possibly costing up to $1,000. Additionally, it might require a monthly payment for data usage, as reported by The Information.
Introducing the Mysterious Ai Pin
This mysterious device has been in development for many years, and we recently got a good look at it when one of the co-founders, Imran Chaudhri, presented it at TED this year. During the presentation, he used the device, which was not named at the time, to do several things.
For example, he answered a phone call, found information on where to buy a gift, translated a sentence into French, and had the translated sentence spoken in a computer-generated version of his voice. He also asked the device if he could eat a chocolate bar and got its opinion. The demonstration was quite impressive, but it left us with many questions about how it all works.
As we approach the November 9th launch date of the Ai Pin device, we are getting a clearer picture of what it looks like. The Information’s report provides some new details.
Initially, the company planned to launch it alongside the October 14th eclipse, but they changed it to November 9th after hearing about discussions between Sam Altman, Humane’s biggest shareholder, and Jony Ive regarding some AI gadget.
Features and Vision of the Ai Pin
The Ai Pin is described as a compact, screenless device, roughly the size of a saltine cracker. It will come equipped with a camera, microphone, speaker, various sensors, and a laser projector. You can attach it to your clothing using magnets, which was seen when it made an appearance at Paris Fashion Week.
It will be powered by a Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm, offering capabilities similar to smartphones in terms of speed, connectivity, camera features, and security. Humane intends to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), allowing them to sell cellular data for use with the Ai Pin.
Humane’s co-founder, Bethany Bongiorno, described the Ai Pin as a self-sufficient device that serves as a phone, contextual computer, and software platform.
The AI capabilities in the Ai Pin will be driven by their own large-language model, as reported by The Information. We had a hint of this from a brief article in Time, which mentioned that the device uses a combination of their proprietary software and OpenAI’s GPT.
GPT-4, Initially, the article mentioned but that number has since been removed from the live version. The Time piece also mentioned a “Trust Light” privacy indicator that turns on when the camera, microphone, or input sensors are active.
Many aspects of the device and Humane’s future remain unknown as they prepare for its launch. According to sources cited by The Information, Humane has more ambitious plans beyond the Ai Pin. They seem to aim for a significant change in how consumers use computers. While I’m a bit skeptical about this, we may learn more about their vision when Humane reveals more about the Ai Pin on November 9th.
The Ai Pin, developed by Humane, might cost a lot and involve a monthly data fee. This secretive device was showcased at TED, revealing remarkable features. As we approach its November 9th launch, we’re uncovering its compact design, powered by proprietary technology, and the potential to transform how we use computers.