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Humane AI Pin

Humane = Trek communicator with body cam, laser projector, simple gesture recognition, ChatGPT voice interface. Resembles iPhone 6 with its chrome sides.

The side view explains their logo 🌙, and is coincidentally resembles Imran Chaudhri’s presumed birth religion :)

Voice is low bandwidth for computing tasks, but a usability win for non-techies. Low-res projection feels like a gimmick.

Palms are terrible projection screens, rough and uneven. Ironically the brown skin of Chaudhri’s palms, and mine, shows higher contrast. Finally we win one :)

Tilting your palm to select a different control seems tricky, like one of those games where you’re rolling a ball in a maze. AR interfaces where you point are more precise.

A camera with no preview screen makes a pic hard to frame, so you’d use this for raw moment-in-time snaps.

Good use case: holding up food and getting a macronutrient breakdown. But LLMs are fairly dumb autocomplete, so the answer given (15g protein in a handful of almonds) makes no sense.

The eclipse part of the demo is also false:

the “best places to see it are… Australia and East Timor”… not right… will almost exclusively be visible across North America [512 Pixels]

Translation in your own voice is magical, and less awkward with a lapel communicator than a phone, but largely the magic of LLMs not hardware.

Better use case, not shown: what am I looking at? Use the cam, classifier + LLM and tell me if the mushroom is edible and in which recipes. Have a way to double-check.

Same with summarizing your texts, and composing them with different inflections: that’s all LLM, the chest placement makes it more convenient.

Chest pin has a lot of overlap with AR use cases, but AR would be much higher visual bandwidth.

I cheer anyone trying to do something different and better, and dedicated hardware for LLM UI is promising.

Might find its killer app like  Watch eventually did. Could change as LLMs get more powerful. I might have a completely different reaction atter playing with it.

These use cases are like  Watch 1.0, not fully dialed in. On first glimpse it feels like a concept which could’ve stayed a sheaf of patents.