# Humane unveils wearable gadget with AI-powered personal assistant
Humane, a startup founded by former Apple employees, Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, has given a live presentation of its new wearable device. Humane’s device boasts a projected display and AI-powered features, which act as a personal assistant. Chaudhri presented the device on stage during a TED talk, with recording shared by various news outlets. Humane’s device is set to release to the public on April 22nd.
# A standalone device built entirely for AI
Chaudhri, Chairman and President of Humane, introduced the new device as a platform built from the ground up for artificial intelligence. Unlike current mobile phones, the device is standalone and does not require pairing with an external device, such as a smartphone.
# Voice and gesture-based interaction
The device can be activated through voice or gesture-based interaction, removing the need for a traditional touchscreen interface. Chaudhri demonstrated using the device in his breast pocket, tapping it instead of a wake word, before issuing voice commands. The device also supports gesture commands.
# Projecting and identifying objects
The device includes a camera and is able to project a screen onto nearby surfaces. During the presentation, Chaudhri received a phone call, which the device projected onto his hand. The camera can also identify objects in the world around it, as demonstrated by the device identifying a chocolate bar and advising Chaudhri whether or not to eat it based on his dietary requirements.
# Translation demonstration
Chaudhri demonstrated the device’s translation capability, holding down a button, saying a sentence and then waiting as the device read out the same sentence in French. In the clip, it is unclear how one activates this functionality.
# Screenless, seamless, and sensing
Chaudhri stated that the experience of the device is “screenless, seamless, and sensing, allowing you to access the power of compute while remaining present in your surroundings, fixing a balance that’s felt out of place for some time now.” Humane’s device aims to allow users to interact with their personal assistant, while remaining connected to the world around them.
Humane’s device provides an interesting departure from current mobile device technology. The projection feature and AI-powered personal assistant may prove valuable in situations where situational awareness and limited screen availability are essential. However, the device’s usability in public and fast-paced environments remains unclear, and it may not be able to replace traditional mobile devices fully.