Bongiorno and Chaudhry are no strangers to innovation. Bongiorno spent eight years at Apple as a director of engineering program management, contributing to significant projects like the original iPad. Chaudhry, with over 20 years at Apple, is credited with creating some of the world's most beloved consumer products, including the Macintosh, iPod, iPad, Apple Watch, and iPhone. His name is on the patent for the iPhone's "slide to unlock" feature and the home screen layout.
After leaving Apple in late 2016, Bongiorno and Chaudhry decided to start a new kind of technology company, Humane. The company's ethos is built on a three-pillar belief system of values: trust, truth, and joy.
Humane has assembled an impressive team, with 60 of its employees being former Apple workers. These individuals collectively spent 420 years at Apple, contributing to the company's rise to a $2 trillion valuation.
Humane's vision is to build technology that feels familiar, natural, and human. It aims to improve the human experience and is born from good intentions. The company wants to create experiences that are built on trust, with interactions that feel magical and bring joy.
Based on public patents and trademarks filed by Humane, it appears that the company is working on at least two hardware products. The first is a wearable device that magnetically attaches to your shirt, has a laser projection system, a wide-angle camera with optical image stabilization, a depth sensor, and connects to a cloud computing platform. This device can detect objects, people, and environments, and help users contextualize, store, and sort their data to better their lives, all without requiring much input or thought.
The second device, referred to as "Cosmos," is a wearable that helps women keep track of their menstrual cycle. This device can help couples improve their chances of achieving or avoiding pregnancy, help women get back in touch with their bodies, feel more powerful, quickly identify problems as they arise, and improve communication with their partners.
Humane's vision for the future of technology is one where devices no longer feel like a burden but make users feel superhuman. The company is working towards creating a seamless fusion of brain and computer, of the human and operating system, without the need for invasive procedures.
Humane's mission is ambitious, and the path to achieving it is not without challenges. However, with a team of world-class innovators and engineers, Humane is uniquely positioned to bring about the next computing paradigm and change the world.