Device expected this spring touted as possible iPhone replacement
Image from the 2021 Humane investor pitch deck
The pitch deck, as noted, is in low resolution but it does mention using LiDAR and Time of Flight streams that allow the device to respond quickly to questions such as “What kind of car is this?” with the camera pointed at an automobile. Other questions that the device might answer according to the pitch deck include “Which building is this?” “Will this fit my wife?” “How much did I eat today?” and “How much is this on Amazon?” Gruber says that he has been told that Apple is not interested in taking a stake in or in buying Humane.
Considering that OpenAI is involved with the company, you can bet your bottom dollar that ChatGPT will be involved in some way with this product.
Mr. Chaudhri was once Apple’s former director of design for the company’s human interface team. This team focuses on the user experiences of Apple devices. Ms. Bongiorno was a director for Apple’s operating system. Another Humane employee, Patrick Gates, is a former senior director of engineering at Apple.
Whether such a device will, or even can replace the iPhone is a little too early to think about right now considering the limited information about it. However, considering that the rumored AR-powered Apple Glasses (not the upcoming AR/VR Reality Pro headset) has long been considered a possible successor to the iPhone, this device seems to be created from the same mold.