Personal, conversational guidance. When you’re ready to go towards your destination, contextually relevant directions are generated and displayed in real time, based on what you see in front of you. Traditional maps can only use predefined instructions.
Recall-based navigation. Ai Pin's long-term memory could learn through your chats and journeys, enhancing your search and navigation through natural dialogue. Forget a place's name? Simply describe it, and Ai Pin would assist in locating it.
If you've tried getting walking directions on your phone, you know that the experience is rigid. Navigation today does not tolerate straying from your route or exploring along the way. If you decide to check out somewhere off path, your phone will loudly try and bring you back to its preferred path using notifications and haptics. It doesn’t consider your preferences, nor does it have any awareness of the urgency you’re navigating with, or what you're looking at. This doesn't mesh well with human nature, and often results in you silencing directions altogether. People love to explore, and we believe wayfinding should accommodate your desire to explore, not penalize you for it.
We've imagined a new wayfinding experience called Wander. If you're en route to a destination, but not in a rush to get there, Wander will calmly guide you with a simple compass arrow that always points towards your destination. An ETA is displayed in minutes to give reference to how far away you are from your destination. There’s no need to ask for directions or any need to manually summon Wander. We believe an AI device could proactively surface relevant information for you using context intelligently gathered from your surroundings. It could also use information from your digital life such as calendar events, emails containing lunch plans, or your favourite takeout restaurants. We believe Wander should recede, without haptics or sounds to distract you while you’re carving your own path.
When you need it, simply raise your hand to see the compass instantly projected on your palm. We believe this could be a more human way to navigate, allowing you to go at your own pace.
A clear, glanceable interface. A compass arrow will continuously point to your destination. This helps to quickly confirm with a glance that you're on the right path, while offering the freedom and flexibility to wander and discover along the way.
Move at your own pace. Guidance today is an all or nothing solution. Sometimes, you want to travel without the need for always on, turn-by-turn navigation. Wander gives you the freedom to go at your own speed, and the reassurance you need on your way.
Traveling using transit can be confusing, especially when you’re in an unfamiliar city. The pressure only increases when you’re in rush hour and your train is departing at any moment. You may not feel confident you’re getting on the right train. In these moments, pulling out your phone to check for directions can feel slow and cumbersome. We need tools that are proactively aware of our context and available to assist instantly.
We believe the instant availability of guidance —summoned using voice, gestures, or displayed via projection— could make Ai Pin the best way to get to your destination when using transit.
Since the device would be proactively aware of your plans, preferences, and context, we believe you’d be able to simply point at the world and ask questions. When you’re rushing to make a train or a bus seconds before it leaves, you could confirm you’re going in the right direction by quickly glancing at your hand and seeing a reassuring arrow projected in a fraction of a second. Precise, time-sensitive voice and haptic feedback could also help you get where you’re going when your hands are full.
When timing matters most, Transit on Ai Pin could remove any friction you’d experience unlocking your phone to reference a map. With a device that understands you and your surroundings, you’d only receive the most relevant information at any given time, providing guidance the way that best fits any given moment.
Calm and confident guidance. While in transit, we imagine you could quickly glance at your hand to see a focused view of your trip presented in natural language. A simple tap would display an overview of your journey to help you confidently plan ahead.
This one or that one? With a system that can see your surroundings, we imagine you’d be able to ask questions simply by gesturing, the same way you’d ask a friend. If you’re struggling to find your way, you could just point and ask Ai Pin for help.
Why we built this
We're motivated by an intense curiosity around this new wearable form factor, and excited about how augmented intelligence could be used to power simpler, more contextually aware experiences. Rather than waiting for the device to be fully revealed, we decided to imagine how it could work for ourselves, in an area we believe would be completely transformed by this new technology.
We imagine that Ai Pin could provide more personal help along your route by factoring in what you’re seeing, and guiding you using natural language. As it stands today, directions you receive on your phone are prescriptive, and don't take into account what you see in front of you. Your phone is impersonal, and it isn’t tailored to your needs — if you put your phone beside anyone else’s and asked them both to navigate to a destination, you’d get the exact same guidance.
Our solution adapts based on each individual's needs and desires, with accessibility as a core consideration for guidance. Whether you’re traveling with a wheelchair or living with a recent injury, an ideal wayfinding interface should automatically adapt to suggest routes that are ideal for your mobility while making intelligent, real time decisions that factor in your environment. These could include sidewalk conditions, street safety, stairs, and other important needs.
We understand that trips don’t always require constant guidance with step-by-step directions. There may be occasions when we are familiar with an area and only need nudges to help us along our way. Often times, we might want to take our time and explore on our way to a destination. We only need reassurance that we're headed the right way. Getting bombarded with constant map notifications can feel intrusive and may even hinder our experience distracting us from our busy environment. With Wander mode, you get a light level of guidance that keeps you present in the world while helping you remain on track.
Through creating this concept, we've learned a lot about how ambient and intelligent computing could become a part of our everyday lives. We’ve created a concept that the both of us genuinely want in our lives, which has us so excited about what the future will bring.