Officially advertised by Razer as a ‘SmartBand,’ the Nabu has been getting a lot of praise at this year’s CES in Las Vegas.
The Nabu is a combination fitness tracker and SmartWatch. Touted by Razer to have a 7-8 day battery life, the elegant band is something that stands poised to take the throne of best smart accessory in 2014.
Packaged with two OLED screens (the same high quality screen tech used with the original PS Vita) the Nabu is first and foremost a notification center for your wrist. Using one screen and integrated vibration hardware, the band will notify you of a message or call on your Apple of Android device on the top screen, and display details on the bottom screen (to give users a bit more privacy). Once done, getting rid of the notifications is as simple as a quick shake of the wrist.
Not to be left out, the secondary (virtually equal, if I’m honest) function of this device is data tracking. Not the NSA is going to find you kind, but the I want to track my fitness kind.
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 utility app can customize the type of data collected and can set permissions for the data to be shared. – Razer Nabu press release
If you wanted to say, share that data, or find out when other Nabu users are close by, you can do that, too.
The Nabu can be programmed to recognize friends or others who also have the SmartBand to share and compare fitness data with, to friend other people on Facebook or Twitter with the shake of a hand or a high-five, and much more.
Possibly the coolest part of this is that while the Nabu will come with its own utility app, the software will be open to third party developers to adjust the data collected with the app, make new apps, and re-program gestures.
“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,” notes Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “The Razer Nabu provides a revolutionary new platform that bridges the divide between so-called smart watches and fitness bands.” – Razer press release
Excited yet? (I mean the thing is even rain and splash proof.) If you are, you wont have long to wait. The Nabu is slated to be available to the public late Q1 2014, and Razer is currently taking applications for developer units starting at $49. Retail unit prices have yet to be determined, but some insiders are suggesting it will be below $100.