It may seem inconceivable to some, but the days of carrying a smartphone with you everywhere may soon be coming to an end. Increasingly, wearable devices are positioned to offload our focus and interactions from a physical screen to augmented reality devices projecting images directly in front of our eyes, or in the case of Human AI Pindirectly into our hands.
Worn like a brooch and reminiscent of something between a Starfleet badge fused with Apple’s iPod nano, the square wearable is essentially the heart of a smartphone extracted from its screen-based attributes and enhanced by OpenAI’s ChatGPT to function like a smartphone without a screen. assistant. Inside, an Octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon processor with 4GB of memory and 32GB of storage powers a custom Android operating system. The top quarter of the device is tilted slightly, allowing the camera to capture images more accurately depending on its wearer, giving the appearance of a very small tilted calculator without number buttons.
Guided by voice recognition and detecting the world around it with optical sensors and a microphone, Humane imposes a more direct perception of the world allowing users to capture what they see and hear without craning their neck towards a screen. The built-in camera with f/2.4 aperture captures 13 MP (4,208 × 3,120 px) photos, with video planned as an additional option.
Users can also physically interact with the AI Pin by holding down the front of the touchpad, with additional gestures such as touch, tap, and swipe to navigate the Pin while answering calls or texts; a two-finger press forces the device to enter Interpreter mode. The pin is even capable of inflecting a certain tone with emotions of excitement or nervousness by transcribing voice into text messaging, such is the potential enabled by AI-enhanced software.
And now, the newest feature: AI Pin’s laser ink display. Designed to follow a user’s palm, the laser ink display uses the hand as a canvas for text, graphics,
and user interface elements at 720p resolution – a true palm driver.
Simple gestures come into play again when navigating menus or palm-projected options; for example, closing the fingers as shown above makes a selection.
It’s too early to predict when a screenless wearable smartphone will become a normal accessory worn by many (joining smart glasses/sunglasses), but the Humane AI Pin projects the possibilities of the near future when we abandon icon-based navigation and graphical interface for an interactive relationship. between the physical world and AI-enhanced technologies – a kind of compromise that frees our eyes from the screen of a smartphone and returns them to the things and people around us.
The Humane AI Pin starts at $699.
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