We’ve seen a lot of fitness bands recently from a plethora of manufacturers, but who would’ve guessed that one would come from gaming gear specialist Razer. The Razer Nabu was unveiled earlier this month and it definitely turned some heads.
The Razer Nabu is a hybrid wearable that is both fitness band and smartwatch. Design-wise, it is similar to conventional fitness bands, with the closest resemblance being the Nike Fuelband. However, it can also display notifications such as missed calls and messages like a smartwatch. It comes with two OLED displays; one on top of the band for regular notifications and another screen below that can read messages to ensure privacy. However, both displays are rather small, with the largest having a resolution of 128×32 pixels. It is made of course of hypoallergenic materials and is compatible with Android 4.3 devices and up.
A key selling point of the Razer Nabu is the many nifty features it has. Apart from regular gesture controls such as dismissing calls with the shake of a wrist, users can also program custom gestures into the device. Razer has also attempted to turn using the Nabu into a game by awarding points and badges for actions performed when using the band such as walking or sleeping early. Another cool feature is the integration of the Nabu with social media apps. You can detect other users that have linked their Nabu with Facebook or other social circles when they are nearby. You can also share your LinkedIn profile with someone wearing a Nabu just by shaking hands.
The Razer Nabu is currently available in the US, retailing at $99.99. Users who were beta testers for the Nabu were able to purchase the device at a $20 discount. It is available in two sizes and in black color for now with more colors planned for release including the signature Razer green, orange and white.