Fitness bands seem to be desperately trying to push their way into the lifestyles of people who are desperately trying to push their way into a more healthy schedule. Some have retained positive reviews, others have fallen under a message of bulky gimmicks and failed missions. So what does the upcoming Razer Nabu deliver?
Min-Liang Tan, the founder and CEO of Razer stated, “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 the 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, due out at the end of Q1 this year, has three core features:
- Notifications on your wrist – The Razer Nabu has two OLED notification screens – a Public Icon Screen and a Private Message Screen. The Public Icon Screen – located on the top of the wrist – notifies users of incoming calls, texts, emails and app updates via notification icons. The Private Message Screen – located on the inside of the wrist – provides detailed information of texts, emails, bio data and other updates that can only be viewed by the user.
- Advanced sensors to track data for self analysis – The Razer Nabu has advanced sensors for data tracking, including location information, bio data feedback (steps walked, distance traveled, stairs climbed, etc.), sleep data, band-to-band communication and much more, collected on an opt-in basis for users to better understand and adjust their daily activity. An included app can customize the type of data collected and can set permissions for the data to be shared.
- The first truly social wearable – The Razer Nabu’s band-to-band communication abilities allows for social discovery. Find nearby friends, mutual acquaintances and more based on user-defined settings. The collected data as well as pre-configured capabilities and gestures on the Razer Nabu will be available on an open development platform to allow first- and third-party developers to update existing apps or build new ones to create new types of personal and social experiences for Razer Nabu wearers and third-party app users.
The retail price has not been revealed as of yet, but interested developers can purchase it at a discounted price of $49.
For more information, visit Razer.