Humane's AI "Pin" Is a $700 Flaming Dumpster Fire

Late last year, an AI startup called Humane raised a whopping $100 million for an upcoming flashy gadget called the “Pin” last year. And after months of testing, the review embargo has finally lifted — and as it turns out, the $700 gizmo, which also requires a $24 monthly subscription plan, is every bit as disappointing as we expected. It sounds like the device couldn’t even get the basics right. As The Verge’s David Pierce discovered, interacting with the screenless and lapel-mounted device was an absolute nightmare, failing to even accurately report the current weather. “And half the time — seriously, at least half — I don’t even get an answer,” he wrote in his review. “The system just waits, and waits, and fails.” And it wasn’t just The Verge struggling to make sense of the device. Wired called it “too clunky” and “too limited.” In its video review, Engadget said that the device “solves nothing and makes me feel stupid.” The Washington Post was a little more charitable in its writeup, conceding that “there’s a glimmer of a good product here.” The Pin even refused to translate things properly, which was a major selling point used in Humane’s marketing. “Rather than translate things, it would just say them back to her, in a horrible and occasionally almost mocking accent,” Pierce found. In an uncut 20-minute video shared by Inverse’s Ray Wong on X-formerly-Twitter, the Pin attempted to message one of his contacts out of the blue after he asked it to…Humane's AI "Pin" Is a $700 Flaming Dumpster Fire

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