Big Tech gets fitted for wearable AI

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The Future. Big Tech sees wearable, AI-powered tech as a way to drive constant engagement… and now, every company is trying to win the race to create the go-to device. Whichever firm comes out on top could have the iPhone of the AI era — a ubiquitous device that becomes synonymous with the market itself.

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Every firm in Silicon Valley is working on a wearable that uses multimodal AI — systems that  “understand drawings, charts, objects, and hand gestures in addition to text and audio,” per The Information.

  • OpenAI has reportedly struck a deal with Snap to bring an object-recognition system to products, while CEO Sam Altman is developing a device with Jony Ive.
  • Microsoft is introducing an OpenAI-powered chatbot to its HoloLens AR goggles and has filed patents that imagine multimodal AI in small, lightweight devices.
  • Google has focused its AI capabilities on the Pixel phone but is also developing software that can be licensed to hardware manufacturers.
  • Meta is already testing AI capabilities in its smart glasses made in collaboration with Ray-Ban.
  • Apple will have strong computer vision software in its upcoming Vision Pro and was recently developing a lightweight pair of AI-powered smart glasses (that’s been paused).
  • Amazon has been working under the radar on several devices, including a pair of smart glasses called “Echo Frames” that uses AI.

But there’s one company that doesn’t believe people want AI on their face: Humane, which thinks having a device pinned to your clothes that can project images onto your hands is a more natural way to use the tech.

David Vendrell

Born and raised a stone’s-throw away from the Everglades, David left the Florida swamp for the California desert. Over-caffeinated, he stares at his computer too long either writing the TFP newsletter or screenplays. He is repped by Anonymous Content.


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