Former Apple employees create the smartwatch of the future

Humane is a “start-up” created by former Apple employees, and its first development leaves us the 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 that promises to be very revolutionary and that already shows us its first video teasers.

It’s 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 unprecedented to date both in terms of name and possibilities and options.

Humane, the smartwatch of the future

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

That sounds pretty good, and in fact the video that Humane posted on their website that we link to below gives us a glimpse of how this hand projection technology could be shown off, albeit with this tagline “Change everything”, they will always have to teach us a lot 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-movie, 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, in which it appears to be a fairly clear criticism of current technology and our addiction to this type of device.

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

In the video, in fact, it is shown how after raising his hand to protect his eyes from the sun, he holds in his hand a persistent projection with an eclipse, which is the Humane logo, surely showing in a veiled way how he could look the information with this “portable media device and cloud computing platform with laser projection system” which was patented, precisely with 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 such as the IoT. or similar. .

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

There is also mention of external batteries that could be attached by magnets to the device, and even sources dared to anticipate 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 will revolve around the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) in terms of software, and that it has been working on its development for several years, without us having any leaks, advances or other interesting information. on this subject.

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

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