OpenAI-backed Humane in talks with Indian telcos to launch AI pin in India

OpenAI-backed Humane in talks with Indian telcos to launch AI pin in India

Sam Altman's OpenAI-backed Humane AI Pin is in the early stages of discussions with Indian telecommunications companies to introduce the device to the Indian market. Co-founder Imran Chaudhri revealed that since its introduction, the device has received a significant number of inquiries from India.

"We are initiating preliminary discussions with Indian telcos and aim to make announcements by the end of this year. The majority of inquiries received by Humane are from India, surpassing all others by a large margin," stated Chaudhari in an interaction with the publication.

Founded in 2017 by former Apple executives Bethany Bongiorno and Imran Chaudhri, Humane secured approximately $200 million in funding from backers such as Microsoft, Qualcomm Ventures, and OpenAI's Sam Altman.

The Humane AI Pin is currently available in the US for $699 and requires telco plans starting at $24 per month. Shipping in the US is scheduled to commence in March 2024. 

The monthly subscription provides users with a phone number and unlimited data for powering numerous AI-powered queries. The company has partnered with T-Mobile for its US launch and recently announced plans with South Korean carrier SK Telecom for its initial international market expansion.

The AI Pin is primarily a compact device that can be clipped onto clothing or accessories. It can perform various tasks including internet searches, composing and sending emails, messages, and posts through voice commands, responding to queries, and providing information about objects in the user's vicinity.

Powered by an undisclosed Snapdragon chipset for on-device AI capabilities, the device is equipped with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The AI engine utilized in the device is OpenAI's GPT-4. In terms of connectivity, it supports 4G (eSIM), dual-band Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, and GPS.

The AI Pin enables users to interact with an AI chatbot through voice commands and laser ink technology. Chaudhari mentioned that the company is collaborating with partners to develop various use cases for the device.

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