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The AI Pin Set to Replace Smartphones with a Screen-less Future

AI Pin to replace smartphones

A San Francisco-based company Humane, has unveiled its latest creation, the AI Pin – a small, screen-less device designed to be attached to clothing using a magnet. This compact digital assistant aims to revolutionize the landscape of wearable technology.


Unlike traditional smartphones, the AI Pin doesn’t have a display. Instead, it relies on voice commands and contextual cues from its camera and sensors. The device features a tiny projector that can project laser icons and text onto the user’s palm. It is powered by large language AI models from Microsoft and OpenAI, along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and Bluetooth connectivity.

AI pin to replace smartphones
A laser screen a person’s palm [Photo: Humane]

The AI Pin is set to run on T-Mobile’s network and is priced at US dollars 699(Ksh106,213), with an additional US dollar 24(Ksh3,646) per month for data subscription and cloud storage. It is scheduled to go on sale on November 16 according to a report by Techloy.

While some have raised privacy concerns due to the device’s camera, Humane has addressed this by incorporating a Trust Light to indicate when the camera is active. The microphone is not always on; users must manually activate it, either by tapping or dragging on the touch-pad.

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The founders, Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, emphasize that the AI Pin enhances capabilities without overshadowing our humanity. Chaudhri stated in the launch video, “There are no wake words, so it’s not always listening or always recording.”

The AI Pin aims to eventually replace smartphones. It has its phone number and doesn’t need to be paired with a phone. Interactions occur via voice, touch-pad, gestures, or by holding up objects. Powered by GPT-4, the AI Pin combines voice and visual interaction, challenging our reliance on screens and introducing a fashionable personal assistant.

Chaudhri, speaking at the TED Conference, revealed that Humane’s goal with the Pin is essentially to eliminate all the unnecessary complexity from your technology. It won’t feature a home screen or numerous settings and accounts to navigate. The concept is that users can simply speak to or touch the Pin, express what they want to do or learn, and it will happen seamlessly.

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The AI Pin features a laser display for visual interface projection, voice interaction without wake words, a built-in camera and speaker, real-time object identification, web search capabilities, and more. The Humane AI Pin represents a bold step toward a screen-less, AI-powered future.


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