Razer’s Nabu sensible band is half health tracker and half sensible watch (video)
Attempt as we’d, it is arduous to foretell what an organization like Razer may do. The agency has stunned us yr after yr with overpowered tablets, shockingly skinny gaming laptops and OLED-adorned keyboard interfaces. When tasked with predicting what the outfit would provide you with subsequent, we by no means would have guessed it would be saying a health tracker in 2014. And but, it did: the Razer Nabu. When firm CEO Min-Liang Tan briefed us on the product, he was cautious to bop across the phrase tracker. “It isn’t a smartwatch,” he stated. “It isn’t a health band. It is what we’re calling a ‘sensible band.'” Min gave us an introduction to the system at CES 2014: learn on a better take a look at the band, and a video of the CEO demoing the product for the primary time.
The gadget is definitely an odd mixture of each, that includes the bio knowledge-monitoring options of health merchandise, whereas additionally dishing out notifications by way of two small OLED shows — a small 32-pixel sq. that shows notification icons, and a bigger 128 x 32 panel that ticks off texts, emails and different private knowledge. By positioning the screens on reverse sides of the consumer’s wrist, Razer hopes the second display will act as kind of a privateness display, holding people from studying your texts by glancing at your wrist. The band also can monitor a consumer’s location, altitude, steps walked, sleep knowledge and every part else one must quantify their physique. All of this, Min provides, works proper out of the field, for each iOS and Android.
Nabu seems to be an excellent tackle the rising wearables market, however the query nonetheless stays: Why is a gaming firm constructing a so-referred to as sensible band? By no means worry, Min says, “actual-world gamification is one thing we’re actually targeted on.” Nabu is constructed on an open improvement platform, which Min hopes will permit builders to construct augmented actuality video games. Band-to-band communication permits Nabu units to detect proximity to different Nabu bands, and commerce info (assume 3DS Road Move), which could possibly be used to create augmented actuality “tag” video games, as an example. We will not say the thought sells us on the product, nevertheless it’s one thing. Builders will be capable of decide up Nabu by the top of Q1 2014 for $50, and the corporate says it ought to final 7-10 days on a single cost. Razer would not inform us the ultimate shopper worth, however did point out it ought to fall beneath $one hundred.