Former Apple employees are creating the smartwatch of the future

Humane is a “start-up” created by former Apple employees, and its first development leaves us traces of a portable device whose screen is projected by laser on any surface.

20/07/2022 23:01

Although the smartwatch market is already quite mature and there are options for almost every taste, the truth is that there is an almost secret start-up founded by former Apple employees that seems to be preparing the future of wearables, with a product , which promises to be very revolutionary, and it already shows us its first video teasers.

It is called Humane, the colleagues from 9to5Google introduced it to us, and its functionality is based on an AR-based device that will have a laser-projected screen, which is so far, both in terms of name and options and possibilities.

Humane, the smartwatch of the future

Image taken from the ‘teaser’ video released by Humane.

It sounds pretty good, and indeed the video that Humane posted on their website, which we link to below, gives us a glimpse of how this hand projection technology could be shown off, although with the tagline “Change everything”, they’ll always have to to teach us much more to convince us that this is the future of wearables:

Humane, the smartwatch of the future

This is how the Humane watch could display the information with its laser-projected AR screen.

Official Humane website (with ‘teaser’ video)

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As you can see in the mini-film, which was directed by Ryan Staake, we see a girl surrounded by a group of people looking at their phones and smartwatches or using VR glasses and headsets, where it seems to be a pretty clear criticism . of current technology and our dependence on these types of devices.

They say of Humane that their goal is to create “technology that feels more familiar, more natural, and more human,” and seeks to “reinvent computing” with new ways to manage, interact, and benefit from our devices. mobiles and laptops or our computers.

The video actually shows him, after raising his hand to shield his eyes from the sun, holding a continuous projection in his hand with an eclipse, which is the Humane logo, surely showing in a veiled way how he could see the information with this “portable media device and cloud computing platform with laser projection system” which was patented, with just this literal description, in 2020:

The laser projection system should be able to turn any surface into a screen, allowing for more natural interaction with the wearable, integrating its functions almost like AR in the Real World™.

Humane’s Patent Sketch

As you may have seen in the sketches, some examples show superimposed information while we cook or work, almost as if it were real augmented reality, while others tell us about information projected directly onto our hand, including a keyboard or colors of devices like eg. IoT. or similar. .

There are currently few reliable details about the Humane, but many rumors tell us about a wide-angle camera with up to 180 degree field, stabilized with OIS and aided by a 3D camera and a LiDAR sensor, which would be used to recognize our movements live and thus be able to interact with the device.

There are also mentions of external batteries that could be attached with magnets to the device, and even sources ventured to predict a Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm after the San Diego company participated with $100 million in the second round of funding from Humane.

What is clear is that the device is going to be AOSP (Android Open Source Project) in terms of software and that it has been working on the development for several years without us having any leaks, progress or anything else interesting information. on this topic.

They say about Humane at the end of the video that we sign up to get exclusive access to their progress, so you will have to sign up to see what they have to offer… Will the laser projection be accurate and functional?

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