Exploring AI Hardware: The Humane AI Pin and Rabbit R1 - Episode 328 - Show Notes

Exploring AI Hardware: The Humane AI Pin and Rabbit R1 - Episode 328

Sunday Apr 28, 2024 (00:31:27)


The tech topic of 2024 has been and will continue to be AI. And, as with any tech trend, software inevitably begets dedicated hardware. The first generation of AI-focused hardware appears to be a collection of solutions searching for a problem to solve.

AI pin is overpriced and unnecessary

The AI pin is a novel hardware product that has recently hit the market, but it is receiving negative reviews due to its high price and lack of practicality. Priced at $699 plus a $24 monthly subscription fee, the Humane AI pin is designed to be worn on the body and act as a standalone device with its own cellular connection. However, despite its futuristic design and features, it has failed to impress consumers and tech experts alike.

One of the main criticisms of the AI pin is its high price point. At nearly $700, the device is significantly more expensive than most smartphones on the market. This steep price tag, combined with the additional monthly subscription fee, makes it a luxury item that many consumers may not be willing to invest in. Furthermore, the AI pin's limited functionality and performance issues make it difficult to justify its high cost.

In terms of functionality, the AI pin falls short of expectations. While it is marketed as a voice-activated assistant that can answer questions, take pictures, and provide information, users have reported that it is slow, unreliable, and lacks basic features that are commonly found on smartphones. For example, the AI pin struggles to set timers, has a limited battery life, and is uncomfortable to wear due to overheating issues. Additionally, its projection-based interface is clunky and difficult to use, further diminishing its appeal.

Ultimately, the AI pin's lackluster performance and high price make it an unnecessary and impractical device for most consumers. With smartphones already offering a wide range of features and capabilities, there is little incentive for users to invest in a separate device that offers inferior functionality. While the concept of a wearable AI assistant may be appealing in theory, the AI pin fails to deliver on its promises and falls short of expectations. In conclusion, the AI pin is overpriced and unnecessary, and consumers would be better off sticking with their smartphones for their digital assistant needs.

Rabbit R1 phone is questionable

The Rabbit R1 phone is a questionable product that has raised concerns among consumers and tech enthusiasts. The podcast transcript highlights several key issues with the device, including its high price, limited functionality, and questionable marketing tactics.

One of the main criticisms of the Rabbit R1 is its price point, which is described as outrageous. The podcast hosts compare it to the Palm Phone, another niche device with a high price tag. The fact that the Rabbit R1 is not even wearable adds to the confusion surrounding its purpose and value proposition.

The lack of practicality and usefulness of the Rabbit R1 is also called into question. The hosts express confusion over the concept of leaving your phone at home only to carry a separate device that essentially functions as a phone. They suggest that a 4G watch would serve a similar purpose more effectively, as it is smaller and more convenient to use.

Furthermore, the podcast hosts discuss the device's battery life, which is reported to be only two hours. This is a major drawback for a device that is supposed to replace or supplement a smartphone. The comparison is made to other products on the market that offer longer battery life and better functionality at a lower price point.

The marketing tactics employed by Rabbit, such as not sending out review units and claiming to have sold 100,000 units before the product was even launched, raise further suspicions about the legitimacy of the company and its product. The hosts express skepticism about these claims and question the motives behind such tactics.

In conclusion, the Rabbit R1 phone is a questionable product that raises concerns about its price, functionality, and marketing tactics. Negative reviews and feedback are important in the marketplace to inform consumers and hold companies accountable for their products. It is essential for companies to listen to and learn from negative feedback in order to improve their products and maintain a loyal customer base. Ultimately, the Rabbit R1 serves as a cautionary tale about the importance of transparency, honesty, and consumer trust in the tech industry.


Scott Ertz


Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

Avram Piltch


Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.

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