Humane AI Pin orders will begin shipping in March

The Humane AI Pin is expected to begin shipping in March. “Those who placed priority orders will receive their Ai Pins first when we start shipping in March,” the company posted on Friday on Twitter. The company had previously given an estimate of “early 2024” for the screenless wearable device designed to replace a smartphone.

Humane, founded by former Apple employees Bethany Bongiorno and Imran Chowdhury, views the smartphone (still the bread and butter of their former employer) as if it were on its last legs. “The last age has ended” TechCrunch mentioned Chaudhry said in a press conference in November. He views the AI-powered wearable product as “a new way of thinking, a new sense of opportunity.”

The $699 Humane AI Pin doesn't have a screen; Instead, it relies on audio signals and a display device that sends relevant information to the user's hand. The founders boast of the device's focus on privacy coupled with contextual intelligence, promising that it “quickly understands what you need, and connects you to the right AI experience or service instantly.” Partnerships with OpenAI, Microsoft, and Tidal provide what the company calls “access to some of the most powerful AI models and platforms in the world.”

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The pin runs on a quad-core Snapdragon processor with a custom Qualcomm AI engine that powers Cosmos OS software. It comes in three color options, two of which add an additional $100 to its price. Buyers must pay $24 a month to access cellular data for the Pin, which is built as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) on top of T-Mobile's network.

In addition to offering a March shipping date, Humane says remaining orders will continue to be fulfilled in the order they were received. Engadget emailed the company to ask when they expect current orders to go out, and we'll update this article if they respond.

The Humane AI Pin is available for pre-order now from Humanitarian site. The Eclipse (matte black on black) costs $699, while the Lunar (brushed chrome on white) and Equinox (brushed chrome on black) colors will set you back $799.

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