My Hands-on Review of the Humane AI Pin


After trying out the Humane AI Pin firsthand, I wanted to provide my in-depth review for those considering this new wearable device. I’ll give you my honest take on the hardware, software experience, day-to-day usability and whether it ultimately lives up to its promises.

First impressions – A premium and unique design

When I first saw the Humane AI Pin in person, I was immediately struck by its unusual shape and striking design. This wearable stands out from the crowd of smartwatches and fitness trackers and aims to be both a fashion statement and a technical device.

The hardware itself looks beautifully crafted, with an elegant metal unibody design that tapers to sleek, curved edges. It feels substantial when you pick it up, with a nice weight rather than a lightweight plastic feel. The smooth, beveled edge gives it a premium silhouette that resembles high-end jewelry.

Humane will offer the pin in colors such as silver, black and even 22-karat gold. It’s really meant to stand alongside classic accessories rather than blend in with sporty plastic gadgets. This is clearly not your typical tech wearable, but rather something designed to make a statement as both a tech device and a fashion accessory.

From a technical perspective, the Humane AI Pin packs some impressive hardware into a small footprint. Inside the 4-cubic-inch aluminum chassis is a custom motherboard with advanced silicon, cameras, wireless connectivity, OS drivers, voice recognition, and more.

The pin attaches magnetically to your clothing and is held securely in place by the battery that sits right behind it. The strong magnets allow it to be securely attached to garments without actually having to pierce it with a needle.

This modular, multi-part design seems smart, keeping the heaviest technical components separate from the main device. However, it does introduce potential points of failure. How often the battery part accidentally becomes detached or left behind remains to be seen with regular real-world use.

Interacting with the AI ​​pin – a truly unique experience

The most futuristic and unique part of the Humane AI Pin are the interactions. Instead of a screen, it uses spoken instructions for the built-in AI assistant and an interactive laser projection on your hand.

The first experience of giving voice commands to an item on my shirt felt strange. But Humane’s “personal speaker” technology helps direct sound specifically toward you instead of broadcasting it loudly outward. I found that I could speak almost in a whisper and still hear my commands.

As for the palm projection, it took me a while to get used to the idea. But once explained, it felt surprisingly natural. I soon found myself intuitively tapping my wrist or fingers to interact with the UI buttons and scrolling elements that were virtually displayed on my hand.

However, the monochrome green laser imaging is definitely more nerd-cool than actually practical. Text may be difficult to read depending on ambient lighting conditions. And images or photo details are almost impossible to make out beyond vague shapes and colors.

So while the palm projection offers a great glimpse into the sci-fi future, for now it still seems far short of real-world utility compared to even the smallest smartwatch screen. It’s impressive technology, but it may not prove useful for another few product generations.

Putting it into use – the good and the bad

In terms of real-world use, the Humane AI Pin is promising, but in its current state it also has some obvious limitations.

It felt really useful to have quick access to AI support via voice for things like calendar updates, music controls, language translation, and camera functionality. I loved that I could discreetly get information or capture a moment without taking out my phone. Tapping with two fingers to take photos also allows you to shoot smartly blind.

However, many questions and commands still took longer than expected, with the AI ​​assistant lagging behind the pace of natural conversations. This often meant repeating myself or rephrasing questions to get the desired result. So while useful, in most cases it still requires more patience than just using your smartphone.

I also found the separate phone number aspect more uncomfortable than liberating. By not integrating with your existing smartphone contacts and text messages, it often felt like a step away from my real digital connections. Transferring photos from the device also proved too complex compared to smartphone camera rolls and sharing tools.

Adding contacts, messaging friends, and sorting photos can work fine for short, sporadic use. But proves to be too much friction for everyday communication and photo management needs. Without deep integration with smartphone apps we already use, new hardware faces adoption resistance, no matter how impressive the technology.

How it compares – competing in a new market

As a new category of wearables, the Humane AI Pin has no direct competitors. But it still has to prove itself against smartphones and smartwatches already entrenched in the market.

While the Pin is packed with advanced technology, it also enforces some real-world limitations. You’re giving up smartphone staples like a keyboard, a large, high-resolution screen, storage capacity, and a robust app ecosystem. Due to the minimalism gained, certain tasks gradually become more difficult.

However, the Pin offers remarkably advanced fashion appeal compared to most wearables. And the voice-forward UI suggestions could serve certain situations better than pulling out a phone, such as during a meeting or meal.

Still, the AI ​​Pin should excel in those voice interactions and really fade into the background when not in use to drive mainstream adoption. Based on my testing, it doesn’t fully deliver that caliber of experience yet. But the potential remains.

I would definitely choose an Apple Watch or Pixel Watch over the AI ​​Pin for the convenience and usability for their price. However, the Pin still offers unique functionality that smartwatches can’t replicate. Thus, it may attract technological early adopters who are attracted to novelty over universal utility.

Is this the future? – More evolution needed

The Humane AI Pin has an ambitious vision for the future of wearable technology. And while it delivers something completely unique, in my experience it still seems more prototypical than a breakthrough ready to replace your smartphone.

The hardware itself promises to integrate AI support directly into our daily lives in groundbreaking ways. But the software, interface and functionality are not yet sufficiently developed to fully realize that vision. I have no doubt that these capabilities will evolve quickly, but for now potential buyers should view this as an exciting novelty rather than a practical necessity.

The Pin offers a promising vision for the future – a vision in which technology fades into the background of our lives instead of demanding our constant attention. And parts of that vision are already emerging, with helpful AI integration in a fashionable form. But realistically, most users still need a firm grip on their smartphone for the time being.

So while the Humane AI Pin currently falls a bit short as a mainstream consumer device, I’m extremely excited to see how rapid software improvements in the coming years can unlock its full potential. This could very well be the kind of human-centric technology that defines the next era of wearable computing.

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