ChatGPT-enabled monocle provides ‘charisma on demand’

STORY: This ChatGPT-enabled lens can apparently make you better at flirting, better at job interviews and just generally give you a better personality.

“RizzGPT basically uses AI to provide you charisma on demand.”

The augmented reality monocle features a camera, a microphone, and an internal projector screen where words can be displayed.

“So it listens to your current ongoing conversation, and it tells you exactly what to say next, whether you're on a date or on a job interview.”

Bryan Chiang is a computer science student and came up with the idea in his Stanford University dormitory.

He had a hackathon event coming up and felt inspired.

So he grabbed his laptop, some friends and an augmented reality eyepiece and together they coded what he calls RizzGPT.

The eyepiece - designed by Brilliant Labs - is open-sourced.

That means Chiang could modify the firmware and internals and code it to his liking.

And this was the result.

When someone talks to the user, RizzGPT monitors the conversation through the microphone, transforms it to text, and sends it via WiFi to OpenAI's chatbot ChatGPT to generate a response.

That "charismatic" response is then pinged back to the monocle.

“The goal is not for it to replace the role of you in the conversation. It's merely meant as this sort of assistive aid to help you think about things that you might have forgotten. For example, if you're in your job interview, they ask you about past experiences, right? It might resurface things that you've done in the past. So it's really meant to just inspire you, not to tell you exactly what to say. I think in that role it could be incredibly helpful for people who struggle with social anxiety and have difficulties, you know, talking to others.”

The current model is strictly a prototype, and like most prototypes, Chiang says he still encounters bugs that can make the text formatted in a difficult way to read.

Chiang says there are no plans to commercialize RizzGPT.

Instead he just wants to show what’s possible with the technology.

“It's been a while since how we interact computers has changed. The last shift was probably mobile in the mid 2000s. And so you're seeing the convergence of 5G connectivity, you know, AR glasses, the hardware, the intelligence coming together to basically create a new way of interacting with these systems, a new operating system in which it's much more natural.”