All Articles
All Articles
TECH

Humin's Intelligent Contact App

Free for iOS, a new hub for everyone you connect with

by David Graver
on 14 August 2014

Released today, Humin is far more than a replacement for your native iPhone contacts app—it's a replacement for your phone app, as well. And while that might seem like a giant leap for many iPhone users, what Humin offers ultimately betters the entire experience. Like other contact aggregators, the native contact app, Facebook, LinkedIn, Gmail and more are all drawn together in one unified database—which also happens to be visually stunning. The similarities, however, stop there. Keeping on top of contacts has long been one of the most challenging processes, and can be a nightmare at times. As an offshoot, it has become one of the most complicated app functionality categories—and right now, Humin is the best because it thinks differently.

Humin-01.jpg Humin-02a.jpg

First, Humin is very easy to use. After a quick set up (during which Humin requests permission to access all of the channels users want incorporated) the app prompts users to verify their details. From there, the option exists to ping all those contacts for their own updates and verifications. While it's optional, this guarantees accuracy and will ultimately lead to automatic updates down the line—keeping Humin ever-current. This validation is one example of how Humin differentiates itself. As much as it is a contact and phone application, it's also a community of sorts—and one that's always evolving.

Much like the iPhone phone app, Humin has a toolbar at the bottom with five options. A "favorites" section allows users to select and pin down the most frequently used contacts. Demonstrating its own intelligence, Humin actually populates this field during set up with those a users phone has most frequently communicated with, and then it lets the user organize or alter them. Next in line, a "recents" tab reveals call history, voicemails and any updates that have occurred within contacts (specifically Humin verified ones). This feature, coupled with the "keypad" tab, allows users to forego the native phone app in its entirety. All of that functionality is right there within Humin. The two additional tab options include the "add" button, for registering a new contact—which also geolocates the entry for an additional search option later on—and most importantly, the "contacts" button.

Humin-04.jpg Humin-03.jpg

Selecting the "contacts" button reveals a search screen. Users won't find contacts listed alphabetically. Rather, users are given the opportunity to search absolutely anything: a name, a location, a company, or even a moment. And Humin delivers. The app connects contacts with fundamentally human information: the moment of meeting, the location, and mutually scheduled calendar events. It's all about connectivity and all of it is searchable. Pulling up the desired contact reveals updates, information, images and the opportunity to call or text. It's beyond comprehensive and it's handy. But at the core of it all stands the context of relationships.

According to co-founder and CEO Ankur Jain, "When we first started looking at contact applications, we realized how antiquated the alphabetically list is. We realized the problem itself wasn't an issue with the contacts, but it was a search problem. The way our brain works, we think about the people we contact." He then delves further into the app's technological inspiration. "We started looking into the space and realized the list is not that different than what we were dealing with on the internet in the early '90s. People used to browse every single website on the internet, because the internet was in list form. Now you can search for information the way you think with keywords. We thought, what if we can apply that concept to people."

Humin-05.jpg Humin-06.jpg
We don't want people to spend time on the app and away from the real world. We want it seamless and to create an emotional connection rather than taking that away.

Humin really is a more human approach to a contact database. "We wanted to build something that thinks the way you naturally do," Jain continues. "If we could accomplish that, then the product starts to disappear. You start to not even notice it. This lets you focus on real life. We don't want people to spend time on the app and away from the real world. We want it seamless and to create an emotional connection rather than taking that away." It's also worth mentioning that Humin doesn't have access to any user communication, be that texts or emails, and no third party is ever used. So altogether, it's a smart unified force that allows easy access to all contacts, and even boosts memories along the way.

Download the Humin contact app free of charge through the iTunes app store.

Images courtesy of Humin

The CH25 is a showcase of creators and innovators from a broad range of disciplines who are currently working to drive the world forward.

Tarren Wolfe

The next-generation appliance making kitchens greener—literally

Read More
Our goal is to provide food for everyone in the world, and the best place to start is in our very own community

Leopoldine Huyghues Despointes

The young filmmaker and non-profit founder who just wants people to follow their dreams

Read More
I feel confident and ready to accomplish so much more, the movement is on

Vanessa Newman

Redesigning pregnancy for the post-gender generation with Butchbaby & Co.

Read More
I want my customers to feel comfortable and unchanged, in that becoming pregnant didn't take away from or compromise their identity

Marcus Weller

Using technology to turn motorcycle helmet design on its head

Read More
I was taken aback both by the number of people that doubted it, and by the equally large number of people that got behind it

Lulu Mickelson

A civic leader bringing change to NYC through design

Read More
Human-centered design is one of the many tools that we can use to better engage the public

Tal Danino

The bioengineer who’s programming DNA to fight cancer

Read More
[Manipulating genes] is very new, people are just learning how to program these organisms

Jonathan Sparks

Reinventing electronic music by inventing multi-disciplinary instruments

Read More
Recorded music is becoming so cheap, so the value of music is now in live performance

Cynthia Breazeal

How an emotional, empathetic robot named Jibo stands to revolutionize communication

Read More
The thing that's so provocative about social robots is that it's fundamentally a community technology

Alex Kalman

The tiny museum in Manhattan that’s redefining museums

Read More
The mission is to put this small simple and powerful tool into the hands of as many people as possible

Kegan Schouwenburg

Revolutionizing orthotics through 3D-printed insoles

Read More
What orthotics do is they effectively change the geometry of what your alignment is like

Sarah Kunst

The entrepreneur single-handedly changing the landscape for women in tech

Read More
People who live on a planet that is half women but can never seem to find any when they need one, I have solved your problem

Joshua Harker

Pushing the boundaries of sculpture with intricate 3D printing

Read More
My intent was to explore and depict the architecture of the imagination, to interpret and share forms evident in the mind’s eye

Meredith Perry

How searching the Internet helped a 22-year-old invent wireless electricity

Read More
It’s not about where the information is, it’s about how you use the tools

Sabine Seymour

A future where smart clothes are as ubiquitous as zippers

Read More
In the future you will not buy a piece of 'functional' clothing without SoftSpot

Pauline van Dongen

The Dutch designer blazing the wearable technology path

Read More
I’m fascinated by concepts of change, movement, energy and perception; since they are closely related to the way we experience the world

Corinne Joachim Sanon

The chocolatier bringing social change to Haiti and bean-to-bar chocolate to the world

Read More
Seeing the poverty surrounding me and the lack of jobs and opportunity bothered me

Eelke Plasmeijer

The locally driven restaurant that’s upending Balinese food culture

Read More
We really try to keep things simple and let the produce do the talking

Melissa Kushner

Addressing the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi through microenterprise

Read More
Poverty is complicated, there is an increasing temptation and pressure in the development space to oversimplify things

Kathleen Supové

The NYC performance artist who’s radically reinventing the piano recital

Read More
I like pieces that are virtuosic, that show off the piano and what it can do, and are awe-inspiring

Roxie Darling

From un-shampoo to transgender identity, the NYC colorist boldly defining the next chapter of hair

Read More
Hair color is as much a science as it is a craft

George Arriola and Monohm

An heirloom electronic for the post-smartphone era

Read More
We agonized during the design process as all hyper-obsessed craftspeople should

Dan Barasch + James Ramsey

A quest to make the future brighter—underground

Read More
We both share a passion for groundbreaking technology and a shared love of New York

Douglas Riboud + Justin Guilbert

How a mission to create great coconut water led to a whole new way of doing business

Read More
We’ve made a conscious decision to be as transparent and honest as we can, and let people decide for themselves

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Documenting the slow, troubling change in Braddock, Pennsylvania

Read More
I am not a journalist, I am a conceptual documentary artist using my visual expression for building narratives that are unseen and unheard

Matt Kenyon

Fusing art and technology to disrupt concepts of corporate America

Read More
I want the work to live in the world and circulate, so it can generate more dialogue
Loading More...