A startup called Humane is launching their Ai Pin, a wearable button that essentially contains an AI personal assistant, camera, speaker and projector.
Eye-rolling aside, to the designers' credit the device confounds expectations; I always assumed digital assistants would evolve and be contained within smartphones. However, being a wearable, the Ai Pin is instantly accessed, with no digging in pockets or purses. At first this sounds like a trivial difference, but the UX advantage becomes more clear in the demo video:
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That it projects information onto your hand is an interesting solution. I suppose this also limits the complexity of the answers the device can provide, as your hand only has so much real estate. (I do wonder if this will lead to Twitterification, whereby complicated issues must be oversimplified into short bursts, and those grossly oversimplified summations are then accepted as the full reality.)
The Ai Pin sticks to your clothing via a magnet on the inside of your garment. This inner magnet also contains the battery. It comes with two of these, so that you can swap it out on-the-go, rather than having to stop and charge.
The Ai Pin can snap photos and take notes on command. Those are sent to a personal Humane interface annoyingly called ".Center," with a freaking period in front of it, that you can access from a web browser.
The company will begin taking orders this Thursday, November 16th. The device costs $700, and you'd also need to pay for a $24 monthly subscription, which gives the device its own phone number, unlimited connectivity and cloud storage.
I'm off to watch some Black Mirror episodes so I can see how this will all go wrong.
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