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Humane AI Pin’s laser ink display is a real Palm driver

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.

Humane AI pin displayed in all three color options: Equinox, Lunar and Eclipse

Three color options are available: Equinox, Lunar and Eclipse

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.

Open palm with green laser ink screen projecting navigation controls for a music player.

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.

Open palm with two pinched fingers and a green laser ink screen projected on it showing how to make a selection using gestures using the Humane AI pin.

Humane AI Pin’s gesture navigation recognizes the tilt and roll of a wrist, as well as the closing of fingers to deliver precise, responsive interactions without a screen.

Simple gestures come into play again when navigating menus or palm-projected options; for example, closing the fingers as shown above makes a selection.

Open palm on which a green laser ink screen with music player navigation is projected

Open palm onto which is projected a green laser ink display with a text message about dinner plans.

Humane was founded by two former Apple engineers, Imran Chaudhri and co-founder Bethany Bongiorno, and in many ways their device seems reminiscent of the work each did across iterations of the iPad, Apple Watch, and iPhone hardware alongside the software enabling their functionality.

Young blonde woman in brown overalls holding a dragon fruit at a fruit stall, activating her Humane AI PIN to perhaps identify the fruit using AI-powered visual recognition.

Privacy concerns are addressed by the Pin’s “trust light” which lights up whenever the microphone or camera is activated.

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.

Woman wearing camouflage jacket and neon yellow nails wearing a human AI pin with a similarly colored yellow plastic casing around the device.

Humane will also offer an assortment of colorful plastic “shields” to protect and personalize their pin.

The Humane AI Pin starts at $699.

Gregory Han is an editor at Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a deep love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at gregoryhan.com.

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