Humane’s AI-powered device is expected to go on sale in March. On Friday, the company announced on X that customers with priority orders will receive their AI Pins first, ahead of the planned start of sales in March. AI Pin is a wearable device without a screen to replace a smartphone.
Founded by former Apple employees Bethany Bongiorno and Imran Chaudhri, Humane sees a smartphone as something that which already belongs to the past. “The last era is over,” Chaudhri said at a press briefing in November. He sees wearable products powered by artificial intelligence as a whole revolutionary device of the future.
The Humane AI Pin costs $699 and it does not have a display; instead it relies on voice instructions and projector, which sends relevant information to the user’s hand. The founders boast of the device’s focus on privacy protection combined with contextual intelligence and promise that the device can very quickly “understand” what the user needs, and immediately connects it with the desired experience or AI service. Partnerships with OpenAI, Microsoft and Tidal provide access to the world’s most powerful AI models and platforms, according to the company.
AI Pin runs on quad-core Snapdragon processor with a special Qualcomm AI Engine processor that powers the Cosmos OS software. It comes in three color options, two of which add another $100 to its price. Additionally, buyers must pay $24 per month for cellular data access, as the device is designed as an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) over T-Mobile’s network.