After months of promotion, speculation, and promises of a device from the future, the device called the “Smartphone Killer” by the company “Humane” has arrived.
She launched the startup, which was founded by two employees who were in a company CamelIts anticipated product is the AI Pin, which is a small device that you can put in your shirt pocket, and is designed to revolutionize the world of computing and technology.
The company recently shed light on some details about its long-awaited product, but things are still unclear as to whether this device will actually replace your smartphone and make it a memory of the past or not.
According to its creators, the idea of “iPen” aims to take us into the future, far from the well-known smartphones. Humin’s founders, Imran Shazri and Bethany Bongiorno, say they want to connect users to the real world and use computing technology to improve people’s lives.
To achieve this, they created a device designed to have all the functions of a smartphone but with the hope that it will “integrate more seamlessly into your life.” Shazri said in a previous interview: The startup is offering this device as a healthier alternative to our current situation away from the screen-related hell where people walk around the earth like zombies with faces constantly illuminated by the soft, magical light of iPhones.
Its specifications and features
The AI Pen is a square device that attaches magnetically to your clothes or other surfaces. The device is made of high-strength aluminum, and the screen is made of Corning Gorilla Victus Glass. Its normal weight is 34.2 grams, with length and width dimensions of 44.5 and 47.5 mm.
The device comes with an advanced octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a frequency of 2.1 GHz, supported by improved and fast artificial intelligence, with a storage capacity of 32 GB and a random access memory (RAM) with a capacity of 4 GB.
The device works on Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth version 5.1, and also supports the fourth generation LTE network via an eSIM chip.
The AiPen device comes with a 13-megapixel ultra-wide camera with a 120-degree viewing angle (f/2.4 lens aperture) and a 3D depth sensor. Other sensors include an environmental light sensor, an angular accelerometer, a gyrometer, a magnetometer, and a global positioning system (GPS).
The device contains a rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery to keep you moving easily, and gives you additional hours of battery life through its power system. The battery can also be enhanced through what is known as a “Battery Booster,” which connects with the device magnetically. .
The device is equipped with a laser projector (Laser Ink Display), which displays a green interface with a resolution of 720 pixels on the hand. You can move with different gestures such as tilt and rotation of your hand to select the selection, while you bring your thumb and index finger closer together to perform a process similar to clicking, as the device understands this movement and makes a quick response.
In addition, there are two signal lights; The “Beacon” light on the frame notifies you of an incoming call, message, or notification, while the so-called “Trust Light” aims to alert you whether the microphone or camera is active or not.
It is worth noting that there is no special word for operating the device as you can activate everything by tapping and holding on the touchpad, which also accepts double taps and swipes (volume level, next/last song, etc.). Two fingers can also be used to take a photo or start a translation.
It is interesting that the device is able to display a food item in front of the camera and request nutritional information such as sugar or protein content and it will tell you it. You can tell your device about your activity and nutrition goals, and it will track your progress and help you understand the energy you consume and the energy you produce.
Regarding messages, when an AiPen user obtains a phone number and mobile service from T-Mobile, Humin uses its artificial intelligence to craft “messages that appear to be from you.” For example, you can ask the device the following: “Tell Ahmed from work that I just finished a nice walk. The view is amazing and thanks for the great suggestion.”
Humane says that the AiPen device does not contain applications like smartphones, but rather relies on artificial intelligence. The company stated that the products of OpenAI and Microsoft AndGoogle AndSlack Integrated into the device as service providers.
One of the interesting things you can do with AiPen is to command it to “Catch me up” which summarizes your messages and calls. AI DJ also provides a “soundtrack to your life” with a built-in personal speaker and the ability to connect Bluetooth headphones. This requires a subscription to the Tidal program built into the device.
As for the price of the device, the company stated that its price will be $699, in addition to $24 per month for access to cellular communications and other services.
This is still unconfirmed, and it seems that the AiPen device has the potential to be a privacy and security nightmare, which is why I am so curious to get more information about how this device collects, stores and protects user data.
So far, the company has not provided detailed information about this critical aspect of its product. Bongiorno and Chowdhury said some about privacy, but did not share anything new with those interested in protecting customer data. The device has a so-called “trust light” that turns on if the microphone, camera or sensors are triggered.
Central control with “Human Center”
In order to manage and access data from photos, videos, and notes, EIBen controls the management and access of data from photos, videos, and notes through the Human Center platform. This platform acts as a central hub for your device, ensuring simplified interaction from the setup process to daily use. When users purchase the device, they are invited to join through the Privacy Shield portal, which allows the device to adjust its services according to individuals’ preferences.
Will we get rid of mobile screens?
Observers and experts believe that it is still not clear yet whether you should get rid of your smartphone and buy an AiPen device. The simple truth is that there is a lot that we still do not know about this device. Despite Silicon Valley’s endless attempts to create a new model that replaces smartphones, it is rare to feel that there is a product that is genuinely trying to try something new.
Although Humin is certainly trying to do this, because it is not well known, there is great confusion regarding this new and strange product.
Overall, it will be really difficult to understand a lot of the device’s features before trying it out in practice and getting an idea of how it will or won’t integrate into everyday life.