Could the ‘AI Pin’ Soon Replace Your Smartphone?

AI Pin

“AI Pins”: The Wearable Revolution in Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence, commonly known as AI, has taken center stage, and soon, you might be able to wear your own AI Pin on your clothes. According to Android Headlines, it’s akin to having the ChatGPT program clipped to your shirt.

Developed by San Francisco-based tech startup Humane, the AI Pin is equipped with a microphone and a camera, allowing it to scan objects like food and provide answers to your queries. Operating it is simple – through taps, hand gestures, and voice commands. The pin also boasts features like taking photos, recording videos, sending texts, projecting visual images onto the wearer’s palm using a laser, and comes with a virtual assistant, as reported by Wired Magazine.

The standout feature is its ability to function independently, always ready to search the web and communicate without relying on a smartphone. Some enthusiasts have drawn parallels to the communicators worn by the crew on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Expected to hit the market this spring, the AI Pin will access AI services on various computers to retrieve information. According to Bethany Bongiorno, CEO of Humane, the Pin is the world’s first contextual computer.

“AI has become something that everyone is curious about and really wants to know how it’s going to change their life,” said Bongiorno. “We’re offering the first opportunity to bring it with you everywhere. It’s really touching people from every background, every age group, globally, in terms of what we’re feeling and seeing in feedback.”

The AI Pin is set to be a pioneer among upcoming wearable devices, all featuring ChatGPT-like AI services already embraced by over 100 million users weekly, as reported by Wired.

In a similar vein, last September, Meta introduced its AI Ray-Ban smart glasses, equipped to record audio and video, answer questions, send photos, and live stream to Facebook or Instagram.

However, concerns within the tech industry have surfaced about the AI Pin. Eightify highlighted apprehensions about privacy, security, limited self-expression, and its perceived exclusivity due to a substantial price tag, potentially restricting access for many individuals.

The topic of accessibility has also sparked questions and skepticism. Forbes contributor Steven Aquino raised crucial concerns about whether the AI Pin would be accessible to the disabled community. He criticized the media for neglecting to address these essential questions that directly impact disabled individuals.

Aquino posed inquiries such as, “What if the assistant can’t understand someone with a speech delay like a stutter? What if a person can’t physically operate the button or attach the Pin to clothing? Does the UI support text size, contrast, or screen reader options for individuals with visual impairments?”

“Disabled people deserve to have their voices heard just like any other underrepresented group, especially considering we make up the largest marginalized group on the planet. So many institutions fancy themselves staunch DEI advocates when, in reality, their actions staunchly leave out disabled people. The whole message rings hollow and feels disingenuous,” Aquino emphasized.

The fate of the AI Pin remains uncertain, but one thing is clear: accessibility will play a crucial role in determining its success or failure.

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