updated 08:03 pm EST, Tue January 7, 2014
Razer Nabu offers fitness band tracking with smartphone notifications
Razer has seemingly stepped outside its comfort zone and developed a life-tracking wristband, something a large number of other companies have also done at CES. The Nabu is a mix between a smartwatch and fitness tracker, combining the movement tracking elements of items such as the Fitbit Force with smartphone notifications and added social and gaming features.
Onboard sensors are able to track location, steps walked and stairs climbed, and sleep data, which can sync with an iOS or Android app. A small 32x32-resolution OLED screen on the side of the band that lies on the outside of the wrist will display a small "Public Icon," advising of the general nature of app updates and notifications, while a 128x32-pixel "Private Message" OLED screen on the inside of the wrist provides more detailed information, with its positioning making it simple for only the wearer to view it. The battery is said to last for up to 7 days between charges, and the company claims it to be rain and splashproof.
The band-to-band communication aspect of the Nabu will apparently allow users to find other Nabu wearers, friends, and to potentially trigger events in other Nabu bands. For example, two Nabu wearers shaking hands could trigger a Facebook friend invitation or to automatically set each participant's Twitter account to follow each other. Razer also plans for the abilities of the Nabu to be available to developers for their own app usage.
Co-founder and CEO of Razer Min-Liang Tan claims "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 that," before claiming the Nabu to bridge the divide between the two platforms.
Razer hopes to ship the Nabu at the end of the first quarter of 2014, and though it has yet to set a price for end users, developers will be able to get it for $49.