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Wearable 'Ai Pin' launched by Humane, backed by ex-Apple execs and Microsoft

FILE PHOTO: Illustration shows AI (Artificial Intelligence) letters and robot hand miniature

By Stephen Nellis

(Reuters) - Humane, a Silicon Valley startup with a star-studded list of co-founders and executives, on Thursday released a $699 device that aims to bring cutting-edge artificial intelligence to a lapel near you.

The Ai Pin, as the device is called, is designed to be worn on clothing and can be tapped to talk to a virtual assistant powered by technologies from ChatGPT-creator OpenAI and cloud computing power from Microsoft. It uses a laser projection system to display text and monochromatic images on a user's hand.

Founded by ex-Apple veterans who worked on the iPhone, Humane is one of many companies in Silicon Valley angling to find the next wave of consumer devices. But the company has emphatically rejected the mixed-reality headsets in the works from companies such as Apple and Meta Platforms, with Humane co-founder and President Imran Chaudhri saying during a demonstration of the Ai Pin earlier this year that "the future is not on your face."

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Instead, Humane is offering a device with no traditional screen that relies almost entirely on artificial intelligence to interact with the user. The Pin's virtual assistant aims to leapfrog others by composing messages in the user's tone of voice and offers a "Catch Me Up" feature to summarize a messy email inbox. The Pin also includes a camera that can take pictures or use computer vision to scan objects like food, telling the user an estimate of its nutritional content.

"Ai Pin is the embodiment of our vision to integrate AI into the fabric of daily life, enhancing our capabilities without overshadowing our humanity," Chaudhri said in a statement.

The company said the Ai Pin will be available in the United States from Nov. 16. Humane has raised $241 million from Microsoft, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, and others.

(Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)