Razer has long been known for its gaming devices and accessories however the company plans to add a new product in the form of a wearable device. At CES 2014 the company announced the Razer Nabu smart band which is a hybrid of a smartwatch and an activity tracker.
The Nabu acts as a smartwatch in a sense that it provides notifications from a paired iOS or Android phone to the user. Calls, text messages, emails, and other forms of notifications will be sent to the smart band. It also acts as a fitness band since it keeps track of how many steps the user has taken, how many calories are burned, and is able to keep data on activity workouts.
This device has three core features:
Notification on your wrist
- The device has two OLED notification screens. The first is a Public Icon screen and the second is a Private Message screen. The Public Icon screen is located on top of the screen and is where the user is notified of new messages, calls, emails, or app updates. The Private Screen which is located inside the wrist provides detailed information regarding the notification which the user can only view.
Advanced sensors to track data for self analysis
- Various sensors have been placed inside the device which is used to track data such as location information, bio data feedback (steps walked, distance traveled, stairs climbed, etc.), sleep data, band-to-band communication and many more. This data is collected in an opt-in basis.
First truly sociable wearable
- The Nabu has a feature called band to band communication which allows users to find friends or mutual acquaintances based on defined settings.
Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director, said in announcing the device that “Smart watches in their current form are too bulky and fitness trackers are easily forgotten after the initial novelty wears off — we have fixed all of that. The Razer Nabu provides a revolutionary new platform that bridges the divide between so-called smart watches and fitness bands. It delivers only the information you need, collects data that you want, and deepens your social interactions. Most excitingly, with our open platform, developers can utilize data collected by the Nabu to deliver incredible experiences to individuals via mobile or desktop apps — social or otherwise.”
The Razer Nabu comes with a utility app that I going to be available for the iOS and Android platform. It’s going to be released worldwide in the late Q1 of 2014 and is expected to have a developer price of $49.
Razer Nabu Technical Specifications
Displays and sensors
- Public icon screen: 32×32 pixel OLED
- Private message screen: 128×32 pixel OLED
- Cylindrical vibration motor
- Works with iOS + Android
- Downloadable Nabu Utility app for notifications, data, and other settings
Power and Battery
- Lithium-polymer battery
- 7 days between charges
- USB charging cable included
Water resistance and operational requirements
- Rain and splashproof
- Operating temp: – 20°C to 45°C/ -4°F to 113°F