Humane Launches A.I. Pin in the U.S. For $700 – Pixel Envy

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It is not every day that a company launches a new kind of device, let alone from high-profile ex-Apple employees. Well, after

years
DATE

of speculation and teasers,

Humane
ORG

is ready to begin selling its

A.I.
ORG

“pin”.1

You can think of it as the answer to the question what if you could wear a smart kitchen speaker? and it sounds kind of compelling or, at least, not stupid. If a smartphone is a perfect convergence device, you can think of this as an attempt to move in the other direction.

Some people say they want to use their phone less, but a $

700
MONEY

device with a $

24
MONEY

-per-month cell plan seems like an ambitious product for that niche. There are also plausible accessibility benefits to a mostly voice-controlled device for anyone who is able to clearly speak but maybe lacks fine motor control.

Time
ORG

will tell, but we can explore what has been revealed about the device so far.

In a video,

Humane
ORG

co-founder

Imran Chaudhri
PERSON

asks

the A.I. Pin
PRODUCT

when the next eclipse will occur and where it will be visible. It responded that it will be on

April 8, 2024
DATE

, and that the “best places to see it are

Exmouth
GPE

,

Australia
GPE

and

East Timor
GPE

”. So I looked it up, and that is not right at all. This solar eclipse will almost exclusively be visible across

North America
LOC

and it will not be seen anywhere near

Australia
GPE

. In fact, its path is so specific that there is a marketing campaign about

the “Great American Eclipse
EVENT

”.

It is just one error in

one
CARDINAL

promotional video; I do not want to put too much emphasis on it. But anything this pin does requires a high degree of trust by the nature of the product. I would not book flights on the basis of its reply, but there are lower risk purchasing decisions that could feel more comfortable. Later in the video,

Chaudhri
ORG

asks how much a book is online by showing the pin its cover and, after hearing the price, directs the pin to buy it. That sounds great if you trust that you are getting the best price and you have no interest in shopping around. Maybe you are one of the apparently small handful who shops by voice.

Speaking of small handfuls, the pin also said the almonds in

Chaudhri
ORG

’s hand contained

fifteen grams
QUANTITY

of protein, which was off by at least a factor of

two
CARDINAL

.

There has clearly been a lot of thought put into this product and it seems like the company is very proud of it. It is a tall order to compete with established wearable products. I am, at the very least, intrigued by its premise, but I find these botched demos do not engender trust. Humane is a brand new company and this is a new kind of device, so it seems like it should be doing everything to build confidence right out of the gate.


Erin Griffith
PERSON

and

Tripp Mickle
PERSON

, of

the New York Times
ORG

, got a preview of the device, and they seem skeptical. Chaudhri acknowledges it has not stopped team members from using their smartphones. Also, there is this:

Humane established a company culture that borrowed from

Apple
ORG

, including its secretiveness. During its experimentation phase, the start-up created intrigue by announcing high profile investors like Mr.

Altman
PERSON

and making grandiose — if vague — public statements about building “the next shift between humans and computing.” […]

On the contrary,

Humane
ORG

’s approach of broadcasting its world-changing ambitions before showing the device is decidedly not

Apple
ORG

-like.

But what do I know?

Time
ORG

named it one of the best inventions of

the year two weeks ago
DATE

. I am sure that has nothing to do with the disclaimer that

Time
ORG

’s ownership is also an investor in

Humane
ORG

.