Apr 20, 2023 - Technology

Humane previews AI-powered wearable

Humane founder Imran Chaudri wearing a prototype wearable computer in his jacket pocket

Humane co-founder Imran Chaudhri appearing on screen wearing a prototype wearable computer in his jacket pocket. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

Ex-Apple employee Imran Chaudhri gave TED attendees on Thursday an early glimpse of the AI-powered wearable that his startup, Humane, has been developing.

Why it matters: The screenless device, which does not require a nearby cell phone to work, uses a combination of voice and gestures for input and can display information by projecting it onto nearby objects.

Details: In his TED talk, Chaudhri showed the wearable, which sat in his jacket pocket, translating his own voice into French.

  • He also answered a phone call from his wife with the call information appearing as a green image projected onto his hand.
  • "This is good AI in action," he said, promising more details would be released in the coming months.

The secretive startup has raised $230 million, including $100 million announced in March, with investors including Kindred Ventures, SK Networks, LG Technology Ventures, Microsoft, Volvo Cars Tech Fund, Tiger Global, Qualcomm Ventures and OpenAI CEO and co-founder Sam Altman, per TechCrunch.

Go deeper: Journalist Zarif Ali, who has been closely following Humane, captured and tweeted this image of the phone call demo.

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