Stuff We Want: Razer Nabu

By Vanessa Butler

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<p>We're digging the People's Choice Award winning Razer Nabu from CES 2014</p>


It’s no secret that Razer had an incredible year at CES 2014. Not only did the Best in CES title go to the company for the third straight year for Project Christine, a modular gaming PC concept, they’ve also kicked up their Adaro series of audio products, bringing the incredible audio experience we know and love from their gaming headsets to everyday use with the release of in-ear, DJ and wireless headphones. But for those who have little to no need for such an ambitious gaming tower or another headset, their Nabu Smartband will surely be an item you’ll be wanting this year.

What sets the Razer Nabu apart from other smartwatches on the market is the fact that it is the world’s first wearable device capable of notifications, life tracking, band-to-band social connectivity and gamification. It’s essentially a Nike FuelBand on steroids. Unlike other similar designs, the Nabu is open-platform; third-party developers can create apps and update existing apps that can apply the personal, physical and geographical opt-in data. “Smartwatches 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 cofounder, CEO and creative director. “The Razer Nabu provides a revolutionary new platform that bridges the divide between so-called smartwatches 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 has three core features:

1.  NOTIFICATIONON 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—displays detailed information: texts, emails, bio data and other updates that can only be viewed by the user.

2.  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 utility app can customize the type of data collected and can set permissions for the data to be shared.

3.  THE FIRST TRULY SOCIAL WEARABLE 

The Razer Nabu’s band-to-band communication abilities allow for social discovery. Find nearby friends, mutual acquaintances and more based on user-defined settings. 

The Nabu will be available sometime in late Q1. Developers can sign up now and purchase the band at the developer’s price of $49.

Check out Pamela Horton talking with Min-Liang Tan about the Nabu at CES 2014!


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