Humane showcases wearable AI badge at Paris Fashion Week

White version of the Humane Ai pin worn at Parish Fashion Week Parish (source: Humane)

Humane quietly announced its future AI Pin at a fashion show in the parish of Coperni and will present it in full on November 9, 2023.

For more than five years, Humane was a firm founded by former Apple executives who were definitely going to do something big someday. Then, early in a rollout that became tantalizingly slow, Humane announced it was creating a new wearable device similar to the communicator icons from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In July 2023, the company announced that the device would be called the Humane Ai Pin. Despite one brief demonstration that revealed some of its functions but not its form, the device remained a mystery.

However, black and white versions of the Humane Ai Pin have now been spotted by models at Parisian fashion house Coperni at the spring/summer 2024 show at Paris Fashion Week.

“We have been fans of Arnault and Sebastian at Coperni for some time, and our shared passion for the union of design, creativity and technology is at the heart of this collaboration,” said Humane co-founder Imran Chaudhry. and Bethany Bongiorno, founders of Humane, in a statement.

“Our relationship with technology is changing profoundly, becoming even more personal as our devices become extensions of our bodies, minds and hearts,” they continued. “We are excited to demonstrate the full capabilities of the device that we believe will usher in a new paradigm for AI-powered computing on November 9.”

Humane describes the device as “a screenless, standalone device and software platform built from the ground up for artificial intelligence.” Leaving aside whether users need to touch the device before saying something like “Picard for Enterprise,” the company says there's no wake word “and therefore no always-on listening.”

Human also reiterated that the Pin does not require pairing with a smartphone and that it is powered by an unspecified Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm.

It is unknown whether the presentation on November 9 will become a real launch of the product. However, Humane has a waitlist with “priority access” in which people will be notified when the device goes on sale.

Co-founders Imran Chaudhry and Bethany Bongiorno met while working together on the iPad at Apple. Bongiorno was the director of software development, and Chaudhry was a designer who helped develop OS X with Steve Jobs.

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