Humane Ai Pin vs Rabbit R1: Which Pocket AI Assistant is Best?

AI is getting personal with two new gadgets aiming to be your pocket-sized personal assistant – the Humane Ai Pin and Rabbit R1. Which one should you clip onto your bag or jacket? Let’s compare these palm-sized AI sidekicks.

On the surface, the Pin and the R1 seem quite similar. Both are petite, portable devices with built-in voice assistants designed to handle quick tasks so you can leave your phone tucked away. they take different approaches.

The Ai Pin is a minimalist aluminum lozenge measuring just 1.5 x 1.5 inches. Despite its diminutive form, it packs in dual microphones, speakers, Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G LTE and a battery lasting up to 2 days. It aims to provide hands-free access to AI anywhere via voice commands.

Humane is positioning it as an AI accessory rather than phone replacement, constantly listening for voice requests. It connects to Humane’s own AI assistant service called Cosmos. The Pin itself costs $699, with subscription plans from $2 to $24 per month.

In contrast, the Rabbit R1 looks like a tiny e-reader measuring 3.3 x 1.3 inches with an e-ink display (Teenage Engineering’s Adorable New AI Assistant Rabbit R1 – Your Pocket-Sized Personal Agent). It provides a visual interface plus voice control. The AI assistant is built in – no subscription required. At $199, it’s far more affordable than the Pin. But the R1 lacks cellular connectivity, relying on WiFi and tethering to your phone.

When it comes to capabilities, both leverage natural language AI that can interact conversationally and understand context. You can ask about weather, schedules, sports scores etc without specifying a service. For app integration, the Pin connects natively while the R1 simulates usage via virtual buttons.

The Pin promises more seamless app integration and security by never exposing your login details. It also offers proactive notifications and health tracking vitals. However, the R1 claims an edge for productivity, acting as your personal remote control to hail rides, order food, book trips and more. And it can watch and learn to use new apps.

From a privacy standpoint, Humane says Cosmos processes all data locally on the Pin with nothing stored in the cloud. Rabbit states user data is end-to-end encrypted and not sold, with temporary anonymous logins. Both seem to take privacy seriously.

When it comes to design, the Pin is stylish and subtle, looking like a piece of smart jewelry. The R1 is cute and playful, resembling a retro toy. So aesthetics may play a role in your choice.

In early reviews, critics highlight both products’ utility but question whether people will actually carry two devices. However, those who have tested them report the convenience becomes addictive. For quick tasks, pulling out a compact assistant sure beats phishing out your phone.

At the end of the day, the Pin seems optimized as an always-listening personal assistant, while the R1 is focused on functional app control. The Pin promises deeper integration at a steeper price, while the R1 offers broad compatibility and value.

So which pocket AI gadget is best for you? If you want a seamless AI sidekick, the Pin may be worth the premium. But if you primarily want quick app access, the R1 has a compelling price and performance combo. Whichever you choose, the future is in your pocket.

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