Humane, a startup co-founded by former Apple executives, announced on Friday that it will incorporate Qualcomm’s chips into its upcoming wearable device. The device, named “Ai Pin,” is a small internet-connected gadget worn like a lapel pin. It utilizes artificial intelligence to answer spoken queries and project information onto the user’s hand when held in front of it.
Humane, which raised $100 million earlier this year, has not disclosed a specific release date or provided many details about the Ai Pin. The company has positioned itself against Apple’s Vision Pro mixed-reality headset, with co-founder Imran Chaudhri emphasizing that “the future is not on your face” during a demonstration. Humane has even filed a trademark application for that phrase.
As the Ai Pin lacks a conventional screen or keyboard, it heavily relies on AI technology to engage with users through natural language interactions. OpenAI, the organization behind ChatGPT, is among Humane’s investors, alongside Microsoft. Humane is collaborating with OpenAI for AI technology and utilizing Microsoft’s cloud computing services.
Although Humane and Qualcomm have not provided specific details about the Qualcomm chips to be used in the Ai Pin, Dev Singh, Qualcomm’s Vice President of Business Development, stated that they would be chosen from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon family. The Snapdragon chips can power various devices, ranging from smartphones to mixed-reality headsets, depending on the specific configuration.