Humane, a startup founded by ex-Apple execs that has hyped itself by intentionally veiling the brand in mystery has revealed the name of its intelligent wearable coming later this year: Ai Pin.
A super-secret startup, Humane has managed to raise $240 million in funding for what has been speculated to be an artificial intelligence (AI) wearable packed with cameras and other sensors.
In a leaked investor pitch deck from 2021, images seemingly show that Humane is working on a wearable camera device that lets users communicate as well as take photos and videos. That device was further teased in a Ted Talk from Humane’s CEO Imran Chaudhri. In it, Chaudhri shows a selection of interactions that a user can make with the device, including “contextual and ambient computer interactions.”
Now, the mysterious product has a name: the Humane Ai Pin. The name reveal is the latest in a string of small, mysterious announcements the company has made over the last couple of months as it approaches the launch of its first consumer product — a product that has no official launch date or even a list of features, but the company does promise it is coming “later this year.”
Humane says that it is collaborating with Qualcomm Technologies to produce the Ai Pin, which it touts as being a “unique device and form factor.” Humane’s first device will be powered by an advanced Snapdragon platform from Qualcomm Technologies.
“We are excited to reveal our first device will be called the Humane Ai Pin. Our Ai Pin presents an opportunity for people to take AI with them everywhere and to unlock a new era of personal mobile computing which is seamless, screenless and sensing,” Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, Co-Founders of Humane, say in a joint statement.
“Humane’s Ai Pin will deliver a superior AI experience. With the advent of Generative AI, Humane’s Ai Pin and user experience takes excellent advantage of some of the key strengths of on-device AI and uses real-time contextual information to provide the user with exciting, personalized AI use cases. We share Humane’s vision of bringing AI with you everywhere and delivering on-device AI to everyone. We cannot wait to see where they take this device,” Ziad Asghar, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, says.
Other than the name and a silhouette of the Ai Pin, nothing else about the upcoming product was revealed, which is obviously part of a strategy to continue to build hype for a device that the company has thus far characterized as being wholly original and new in the personal computing space.
Humane originally said its product was coming in the Spring of 2023, but that has obviously been delayed. The company says it still intends to release the Ai Pin this year.
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