Wearable AI Gadgets

According to recent reports, wearable AI gadgets are expected to hit the market soon, putting smartphones on notice. “Portable AI-powered devices that connect directly to a chatbot without the need for apps or a touchscreen are set to hit the market. Are they the emperor’s new clothes or a gamechanger?,” writes the Guardian.

Humane, Rabbit, Brilliant, Meta, and countless other companies are just about to launch AI-first gadgets. AI hardware may not be as big as the smartphone, but it’s going to be big.

There are many more AI gadgets to come, but the AI hardware revolution is officially beginning. What all these gadgets have in common is that they put artificial intelligence at the front of the experience. When you tap your AI Pin to ask a question, play music, or take a photo, Humane runs your query through a series of language models to figure out what you’re asking for and how best to accomplish it. When you ask your Rabbit R1 or your Meta smart glasses who makes that cool mug you’re looking at, it pings through a series of image recognition and data processing models in order to tell you that’s a Yeti Rambler. AI is not an app or a feature; it’s the whole thing.

The Verge

According the Guardian, the first AI wearable gadgets to hit the market will be the Ai Pin from California startup Humane. “Only a little bigger than a tin of Vaseline, it’s a wearable device that attaches to your shirt via a magnet. It can send texts, make calls, take pictures and play music. But it doesn’t support apps or have a screen. Instead, it uses a laser to project a simple interface on to your outstretched palm, and its inbuilt AI chatbot can be instructed through voice commands to search the web or answer queries in much the same way you would expect of ChatGPT.”

While hype, novelty and fashion are important drivers in the wearables market, the industry’s failure to consistently provide consumers with an experience of practical value seems to be a serious barrier. And this speaks to the still quite immature state of the technology.

– Jannek Sommer, associate professor at the University of Southern Denmark, on The Guardian

CNET says that, modern smartphones are adopting AI technology in order to create Intelligent phones.

We are moving towards an era of intelligent smartphones. So we’re going from smart to intelligent.

– Nabila Popal, a research director with the International Data Corporation who tracks the mobile phone market, on CNET

The AI devices are faced with a daunting task of competing with smartphones dues to their global connectivity, multi-functionality, and intuitive control. However, the future advancement of technology suggests that smartphones may not remain the pinnacle of technology in the upcoming years.

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