iPhone killer? New AI-wearable Humane hopes to make smartphones obsolete

Former Apple employees show off "screenless", "seamless" and "sensing" AI wearable that projects information onto the palm of the user's hand.
Christopher McFadden
This wearable could replace smartphones if it works as promised.


A TedTalk that previews a new artificial intelligence-powered wearable called Humane has just been released. Developed by former employees of Apple, the new piece of technology is widely being advertised as something that could make smartphones, like the iPhone, more or less redundant.

The former Apple employees Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno developed Humane with a "future that is even more intelligent and even more personal," according to the company's website.

Humane aims to displace cell phone screens with a voice-activated assistant that projects everything from calls to texts onto the user's hands. The projector promises to solve several issues with modern technology, including the need to constantly check cellphones, the physical limitations of touchscreens, and limited accessibility.

If this sounds intriguing, check out the TedTalk for yourself below:

“What do we do with all these incredible [AI] developments? And how do we harness these [to make our life better genuinely?]” Chaudhri asks at the TedTalk.

“If we get this right, AI will unlock a world of possibility. Today, I want to share what we think is a solution. And it's the first time we're doing so openly. It's a new kind of wearable device and platform that's built entirely from the ground up for artificial intelligence. And it's completely standalone. You don't need a smartphone or any other device to pair with it,” he expands.

With Humane, users can experience a more seamless technology integration into their life by swapping out cell phones with wearable gadgets. This instrument could open up new potential for language translation and individualized help in addition to simplifying communication.

Humane, it appears, is a standalone device, so you wouldn't need a smartphone or another service to pair with it.

“It interacts with the world the way you interact with the world, hearing what you hear, seeing what you see, while being privacy first, and safe, and completely fading into the background of your life,” Chaudhri explains.

All well and good, but how does it work in real life? "In terms of the call, as soon as [Chaudhri] raised his hand, the device displayed the appropriate incoming call interface, no menu to navigate through,” designer Michael Mofina, told Inverse.

Whatever your views on Humane, this technology can fundamentally alter how we interact with technology if it functions as intended and is as reliable and convenient as smartphones have become today.

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