The Verge tries out Humin. Read an excerpt below: My computer screen flashes to life. "Oh, hi," says a woman sitting at a desk to my left. I have arrived, it seems, at some sort of office reception area. "Let…
When a smartphone app wants to alert you to a coming appointment, a text message or some bit of breaking news from your social network, it sends a tiny flare that lights up your phone.
What if all of us had our own search engine for everyone with whom we have ever come in contact, no matter how trivial our interaction?
The contacts app that ships with iOS is a pretty straightforward affair that doesn’t offer much more than the handwritten address books we used to keep next to our landline phones.
What makes a smartphone "smart"? Is it simply because it's connected to the internet? The founders behind San Francisco-based Humin want to make smartphones truly intelligent.
Ankur Jain, founder and CEO of Humin, believes the way most smartphone users approach their contacts list is fundamentally broken. He likens it to the state of online search engines in the mid-90s.
The guys at Humin imagine a completely different experience with their app. Humin is essentially a re-imagined address book for your smartphone that aims to enrich human connections by presenting relevant information at the perfect time.
“We have super smart devices, but they are still really dumb phones,” says Humin CEO Ankur Jain. He’s got a point.
A person’s memory isn’t alphabetical, yet that’s how every phone organizes contacts. Humin adds context to entries.
“For any entrepreneur, starting a company is a crash course in life.” So says 22-year-old Ankur Jain, founder and chairman of the Kairos Society, an entrepreneurial community making the ride a little smoother for young business people.