Artificial intelligence (AI) startup Humane launched a physical device on November 10 that serves as a wearable AI virtual assistant.
The AI Pin is a pin-like device that the user wears and presses to speak with an AI-powered virtual assistant. It is equipped with technology from OpenAI, the creator of the popular chatbot ChatGPT, and has cloud computing capabilities through Microsoft.
According to Humane, users can also interact with the pin via an intuitive touchpad, by holding objects, using gestures, and via its palm-projected laser ink display.
It says the Pin will be able to write messages in the user’s “tone of voice”, sort emails, provide AI-powered music experiences and will include a photographer powered by AI. “Ai Pin can also serve as a foreign language interpreter,” it reads, “and support your nutritional goals by identifying foods using computer vision.”
In a statement, Humane co-founders Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno said:
“Ai Pin embodies our vision of integrating AI into the fabric of everyday life, enhancing our capabilities without eclipsing our humanity.
Humane also announces the launch of its own MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) connected by telecommunications company T-Mobile to provide wireless service for the device.
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The PIN can be ordered in the United States starting November 16 and starts at $699 for the entire system, with a monthly subscription of $24 per month that includes a cell phone number for the PIN and services cellular.
Humane was founded by former Apple employees who worked on the iPhone and has raised $241 million with investments from major industry players, including Sam Altman – CEO of OpenAI – and Microsoft.
The AI Pin follows many rapid developments in the AI field over the past week.
On November 5, Elon Musk and his AI startup xAI launched the Grok chatbot which he claims could surpass ChatGPT, which is currently considered one of the most advanced chatbots in the world.
The next day, OpenAI announced new ChatGPT features that allow subscribers to create their own GPTs.
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