Razer-the gaming device and accessories maker company has announced a new product in the wearable segment lineup. The device is named as Razer Nabu smart band which is a combo of a activity tracker and a smartwatch.
The Razer Nabu will be able to receive instant notifications via pairing through a Android or iOS phone. This includes calls, emails, text messages and similar other notifications that you get on your Razer Nabu smartband. Apart from catering to smartwatch services, it will also serve as a smartband which will keep track of data like the number of steps user has taken, the amount of calories burnt and other activity workouts.
Here are the three core features of the Razer Nabu smartband.
Notification just like a smartwatch
- Razer Nabu sports two OLED notification screens. The first one is Public Icon screen and the other one is Private Message screen. The Public Icon screen is placed at the top and it caters to showing information like emails, app udates, new messages and calls. The Private Message screen as the name suggest provides detailed notification information which the user can only view and is placed inside the wrist.
Advanced sensors for fitness tracking.
- The smartband is fed with various sensors in it that gives information regading location, sleep data, bio data feedback (distance travelled, steps walked, stairs climbed etc.), band-to-band communication and various others. All the data will be collected in an opt-in basis.
Razer Nabu as a sociable wearable
- The smartband has a special feature called band-to-band communication which allows user to find mutual acquaintances or friends based on some defined settings.
While announcing the device at CES 2014, here is what Razer CEO and creative director Min-Liang Tan had to say.“ 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 smartband will come with a utility app for Android and iOS platform and will be released in the first quarter-Q1 of 2014 with a developer price of $49.
Here is the official video for the smartband.
Some quick technical specs for the smartband.
Displays and sensors
- Private message screen: 128×32 pixel OLED
- Public icon screen: 32×32 pixel OLED
- Cylindrical vibration motor
- Rain and splashproof
- Operating temp: – 20°C to 45°C/ -4°F to 113°F
Power and Battery
- 7 days between charges
- USB charging cable included
- Lithium-polymer battery
- Functions on iOS + Android
- Nabu Utility app for notifications, data, and other settings