Naomi Campbell rocks a screenless wearable AI Pin with a sneaky sci-fi twist

Ever wished your shoes had rockets attached for that instant zoom to work? Or dreamt of clothes that could change colors to match your mood? While we may have to wait a bit for those, a new high-tech gadget is here to transform your lapel into a sleek tech companion that can whisper the news, translate languages, take an optical look around or even take calls.

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Person with a projection on their hand.

The Humane AI Pin is an AI-powered wearable gadget. (TED)

The tiny Ai Pin with big features

The Humane Ai Pin was first revealed at the TED conference in April 2023, where co-founder Imran Chaudhri, a former Apple honcho, demonstrated some of its features, such as making phone calls, getting daily summaries, scanning food items and projecting a green screen.

Not just a pretty pin

The device made another appearance at the Paris Fashion Week in September 2023, where it was worn by supermodel Naomi Campbell and other models during the Coperni Spring 2024 runway show. With her legendary status in the fashion realm, Campbell didn’t just bring the glam but also underscored how fashion-forward this wearable tech can be.

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Naomi Campbell wearing a pin that uses AI.

Naomi Campbell wears AI-powered wearable tech. (Coperni)

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The little pin that could

Now, fashion shows are known for their fair share of wild, out-there outfits, but this time around, it was this tiny pin that stole the spotlight. Unlike a giant hat that could shelter a family of four or shoes taller than a toddler, this little gadget promises to pack a punch in the tech department while staying stylish. Humane said that the collaboration with Coperni was based on their shared passion for design, creativity, and technology. 

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Photo of an AI Pin advertisement.

The AI Pin contains a mini-projector, camera and speaker. (Humane)

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Fashion meets functionality

The Ai Pin is more than just a flashy accessory—it’s a screenless gadget packed with a mini-projector, camera and speaker, aiming to weave AI into daily interactions. It can be pinned to your clothing and interact with your voice, gestures and environment.

It’s showcasing features like AI-powered optical recognition and real-time language translation, all while prioritizing user privacy. Unlike some gadgets that are always on standby to listen for commands, the Ai Pin doesn’t have this ‘always-on’ listening feature, meaning it’s not constantly monitoring or recording what’s being said around it, which admittedly sounds confusing to this cyberguy.

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Naomi Campbell wearing the AI Pin with a white outfit.

The AI Pin was made with involvement of former Apple executives. (Humane)

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From Apple to Ai Pin

The roots of Humane trace back to 2017, with former Apple executives Bethany Bongiorno and Imran Chaudhri at the helm. The startup has been nurturing the Ai Pin, a device that hints at a new era of wearable technology. The anticipation around Humane’s venture escalated when it was unveiled that substantial financial backing was propelling the Ai Pin’s development, with big names like Sam Altman, the guy behind ChatGPT, and collaborations with OpenAI on the list.

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Woman wearing the AI Pin.

Not all features of the AI Pin are currently known. (Humane)

Veil of mystery

There’s still a veil of mystery surrounding the Ai Pin’s full range of functionalities and how it stacks up against the typical smartphone. As the countdown to its November 9 release draws near, the tech and fashion worlds are holding their breath for what could be a game-changer in wearable tech with the official announcement also sounding mysterious from its two founders: “Our Ai Pin presents an opportunity for people to take AI with them everywhere and to unlock a new era of personal mobile computing which is seamless, screenless and sensing.”

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Kurt’s key takeaways

Here we are, on the cusp of seeing a cool blend of fashion and tech with Humane’s Ai Pin. It’s got the style, the smart tech and a dash of mystery that’s keeping us all on our toes. So far, it may be the closest thing I’ve ever felt like tapping and uttering the command, “Beam me up, Scotty.”

Do you see yourself sporting the Ai Pin on your next night out? Do you think it’ll be a game-changer like the iPhone, or might it follow the path of Blu-ray DVDs? Let us know by writing us at Cyberguy.com/Contact.

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