Humane, a startup founded by Apple veterans, is set to revolutionize the tech industry with its upcoming product, the ‘AI Pin’. The company recently announced that it will unveil the AI Pin on November 9, marking a highly anticipated milestone for the startup. The device was first showcased at Paris Fashion Week, where supermodel Naomi Campbell wore it, making her the first person to publicly display the innovative wearable.
Humane, based in San Francisco, is led by a team of ex-Apple employees, including Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, who played significant roles in the development of the original iPhone. Chaudhri, an expert in user interface design, was instrumental in creating the iPhone’s operating system and software, while Bongiorno contributed to the development of the iPad and served as the director of software engineering for iOS and macOS projects.
With a team composed of former Apple staff, Humane has garnered attention and excitement within the tech community. The startup has hired over 140 employees, with almost half of them being former Apple employees. Notable hires include Ken Kocienda, another interface designer who played a key role in developing the original iPhone’s software keyboard and autocorrect system. Humane is backed by significant investments from well-known Silicon Valley venture capital firms.
The AI Pin, Humane’s first product, is described as a screenless wearable that can be attached to clothing. It features a laser-projected display and is designed to be always on, capturing and analyzing the user’s experiences. The device’s unique design and functionality aim to seamlessly integrate into users’ daily lives. As a privacy-focused company, Humane ensures that the device prioritizes trust by eliminating features like ‘always on’ listening and wake words.
One of the standout features of the AI Pin is its independence from smartphones or other companion devices. It operates as a standalone device powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip, further highlighting its innovative capabilities.
Humane’s vision for the AI Pin goes beyond simply introducing a new product; the company aims to disrupt the smartphone market. In a TED talk last year and a teasing commercial, Humane hinted at its intention to challenge the dominance of smartphones. The teaser video, reminiscent of Apple’s iconic 1984 Superbowl ad, showcased users liberating themselves from the constraints of smartphones and virtual reality headsets, alluding to a new era of mobile computing.
While the teaser video garnered some criticism for its ambitious claims, Humane’s reputation and the expertise of its team lend credibility to its efforts. The company’s strong foundations in technology and design, along with its focus on privacy and user experience, position it as a serious contender in the industry.
As the official unveiling of the AI Pin approaches, anticipation and curiosity continue to grow. On November 9, the world will discover the full range of functionalities and capabilities that Humane has packed into its groundbreaking wearable device.