On Tuesday, Razer announced the launch of the Nabu smartband at CES in Las Vegas. The wearable piece of tech appears to be best defined as a cross between a fitness tracker and a smart watch, offering a strange amalgamation of bio data-tracking features and paired smartphone functionality.
The smartband is able to relay information directly from a smartphone via its two small pixel OLED displays. The 32-pixel square display provides public notification icons, while the larger 128 x 32 pixel panel presents texts, emails and other personal data.
The Razer Nabu is equipped with advanced data sensors capable of providing a full suite of bio data feedback including; steps walked, distance traveled and sleep data. The device is included with a utility app (for iOS and Android) that allows users to customize the type of data that is collected along with setting permissions for what data is to be shared.
Razer is also pitting the new Nabu smartband as the first truly social wearable device. The device’s band-to-band communication feature allows users to find nearby acquaintances and potentially even more based on the user-defined settings. The Razer Nabu smartband will also support open platform. All of the data collected on the device, as well as its pre-configured capabilities and gestures will be available for first and third-party developers to update existing applications or create new apps around the Nabu’s functionality.
The Razer Nabu Smartband will be made available for sale worldwide late in Q1 2014, with the final price to be set at a later date. Developers looking to take advantage of the device’s open platform can sign up now to receive a device at the developer’s price of $50.