CES 2014: Razer’s Nabu Is A Smartband We All Should Use
Smartwatches seems like the next evolutionary step in the way we control your lives with electronic devices, but a few companies are seemingly beating the bend and heading for a more sleek and streamlined approach. Well, at least one company is, and Razer certainly is making a strong case for its brand new smartband, the Nabu.
Similar to smartwatches such as Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and the Pebble, the Nabu will pair up with Android and iOS devices using Bluetooth and stream information straight to your wrist. The band can display concise but relevant data from your smartphone, such as when you are receiving a call or text message. The band has privacy deeply rooted in its design, giving the user full control over how much information is displayed on the band. For instance, the top OLED display could notify you that you’re receiving a call, while a second display on the bottom of the band, activated via accelerometer control, allows you to check whose calling or text without displaying that information to the world. Calls can even be rejected with the flick of the wrist.
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But what smartband would be complete without some sort of fitness application? The Nabu doesn’t skimp out on the most common use for a smartband, using a host of sensors and GPS technology to provide fitness data such as how many footsteps you took on a particular day, how many stairs you climb, distance covered and even information on sleeping patterns. A mobile companion app will track all this data for you on your smartphone, which will probably also allow you to set goals for yourself daily.
Probably the most interesting use of the Nabu is something the Razer hasn’t even invented yet, but could possibly be achieved by developers who purchase the $50 SDK. The Nabu features NFC functionality, which allows it to detect others users nearby. Imagine being able to shake hands with someone and immediately have contact information stored on their Nabu directly transferred to yours? This would of course require a mainstream adoption of the device, but it’s certainly something I could see become a staple in future iterations of smartwatches and bands.
Razer has yet to announce a release date or consumer price for the smartband, but the company does say the price for developers is not too far off.