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Razer Unveils the Nabu Smartband, a Minimal Take on Wearable Technology

Razer Nabu

Razer is a company that is huge in the desktop gaming industry, but they have never really been well known for mobile devices like a phone or tablet. At this year’s CES, Razer announced the all-new Nabu smartband – it’s kind of like a smartwatch, “but a lot less distracting.” 

The Nabu is similar to the Nike FuelBand, but goes a step further, as it also displays your smartphone’s notifications, communicates with other Nabu bands that are nearby, and can be controlled by active gestures the user performs. For instance, you can set the Nabu to transfer Twitter or Instagram information with another Nabu user, simply by giving the other person a high five. Want to give your phone number to a hot gamer chick that is wearing Nabu? All you have to do is shake her hand and the information will instantly transfer to her iOS or Android-powered device.

The device also manages your time, as well as your health. It tracks calories burnt, steps walked, floors climbed, distance traveled, hours slept, places visited, and much more. As for managing your time, the Nabu can be programmed to allow you to see only the notifications that are important to you at any given time. If you are into a night of gaming, the Nabu will only send you tweets or text notifications that have to do with your game time. It’s all customizable and it appears to go quite in depth.

Nabu

As for the hardware and specs, upon launch, there will be both an Android and iOS application. The device features dual OLED displays, one for private messages and one for public display. They range in size from 32 x 32 to 128 x 32 pixels. Awesomely enough, the device is said to have a 7-day battery life, which is a major plus. To top it off, it is completely rain and splash proof. We would recommend you don’t go swimming with it, though.

So, you are ready to buy one. I don’t blame you. I’ll definitely be picking one up. The Nabu will be available by later in Q1 of 2014, but the price has yet to be confirmed. There is a developer program currently being set up, which will allow developers to purchase the Nabu for just $49. With that said, we would guess that the Nabu will priced no higher than $99 to $149.

Once price and a street date are confirmed, we will let you know.

Via: Razer Nabu
  • Justin

    I guess the slot above the numerals on my keyboard is not a credit card reader?! I keep swiping, but noting is happening! I want a smartband for $49 now!

  • Allan

    So the public icon screen doesn’t display the time? That’s very unfortunate. Otherwise I might be interested. I’d rather grab the new Pebble.

  • HowEasy

    I’ll take 50! These are awesome!

  • Daniel

    Very cool, but it looks big and not-easily adjustable for smaller wrists…hope they work that out or offer a variety of sizes

  • Parthen

    $49 is the developer price. (For anyone who hasn’t seen.)

    “Razer will have time to iron out those kinks, however. It plans on
    selling the device in the months ahead for $49 — but only to developers.
    That will give the company time to drum up support and make sure there
    are apps that take advantage of the Nabu when the consumer version
    launches later this year at a slightly higher (and unannounced) price.”

    Source: http://mobile.theverge.com/2014/1/8/5287340/razer-takes-on-wearables-with-the-nabu-smartband

  • Sporttster

    Now this is actually useful and unobtrusive unlike the watch- like ones out. I like the size of it. Will be getting one for sure….

  • chris_johns

    hope this has a vibrate feature…if your out and its loud i think devices like this need a lil vibrate to let u know you have a notification

  • chris_johns

    This…is something id be very intrested in…as in i want…i havent wanted any of these wearable tech nonsense devices but this i can see being useful while being unobtrusive especially if its priced around 100 or under this will get popular fast…and i like the idea if people get this u can exchange info with a hand shake ill just grab random hot girls hands all day…im jk…ok im not

  • 2Berad

    $49 I’m in. $99 maybe. $149 no.

    • JoshGroff

      My exact thought process, and as of now, 5 other people apparently.

      • ki11ak3nn

        I joined the dev list. I’m not a dev yet though. Thought I would learn and start with the Nabu.

    • smartguy05

      Same here, I joined the developer group so I can get one at $49.

  • http://thatgeekdad.blogspot.com/ Rob Delaney

    Finally the main features of the pebble and the nike fuel band. I own both but if this works like it says, I can dropped both for one device.

  • bogy25

    If it goes for $49 I’ll be surprised and they won’t be on the shelves long – this is too cool of a device to be had for that price. Rhyme?

    • Adrynalyne

      Chances are it will be 20-30% more than 49 dollars for consumers.

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Oh how I wish these came with a GPS. It doesn’t need to be too sophisticated. I would give it some gesture and it would start displaying my pace as I run. I HATE having to run with my phone. Yes, they make GPS watches, but I’d rather something simpler and sleeker.

    • Ian

      The hardware and battery necessary for a GPS module wouldn’t allow it to be as sleek as the Nabu.

  • Roubaix

    I wish devices would be more optimized for cyclists. Would be nice if you could add a speed/cadence sensor, elevation gain/loss. Really don’t like that most devices like this they only really work when its on your wrist and moving. Don’t want to strap on of these to my ankle for it to read that I am actually moving, ie. pedometer.

    • http://twitter.com/ryocoon Kurtis Whittington

      Getting sensors like that would require much more battery and sensor space, which would make it bulky and low battery life. Further, this is oriented towards gamers and tech enthusiasts. They aren’t often the most athletic of the bunch. So features like that aren’t a big deciding factor.

    • Higher_Ground

      yeah I have to carry my phone for that, but I don’t really like having it along for the ride in my pocket. Very handy for new trails, though, since I just take a photo of the map ahead before I head out. You can use a tracking app and change the update frequency, but I’d still prefer something that measures in real time and doesn’t rely on a strong signal from space :)

  • MikeCiggy

    I’d pick one up for $50 rite now.

  • Cory_S

    “Want to give your phone number to a hot gamer chick that is wearing Nabu? All you have to do is shake her hand and the information will instantly transfer to her iOS or Android-powered device.”

    Will it automatically put the guy in her friend zone group?

    • Cakefiend

      Nobody knows yet: so far, none of the testers managed to shake her hand. One of them did manage to get within eight feet of her before turning bright red, pretending to check something on his phone, and going back over to his friends to bitch about being single.

  • d-rock

    I like that price tag…this could go somewhere

  • MichaelFranz

    This might make me drop my jawbone up. I haven’t been a huge fan of this thing but I wanted it specifically for fitness. If this nabu integrates with other apps for fitness its a big competitor

  • normmcgarry

    I’m ready to ditch my Pebble for something sleek like this.

  • Wyveryx

    IF it stays at $49, then I can see it being worth it and I’d snatch one up, but between $100 and $149? Don’t think so…

    • JoshGroff

      The $49 price is for developers, not common folk.

      • Wyveryx

        Then it’s just another over priced piece of tech, IMO. Oh well, not in the cards then…

        Then again, I could just sign up for the program, even though I’m no developer lol

    • Bionicman

      exactly – keep it under 100. they aren’t touting features like the ginormous Galaxy Gear so keep it cheap and im definitely in.

      • Wyveryx

        Yeah for $100 or more I can do everything that it can with my own phone and buy either an armband, a special pillowcase, or a ziploc bag and still have money left over…

  • miri

    Personally, I still think smartwatches are silly, but that actually looks pretty snazzy. If the price is right, I may just buy one.

    • Adrynalyne

      There is a lot of potential with an SDK.

    • Intellectua1

      I agree..

  • Tom Z

    It’ll be cool if it interfaces with apps like RunKeeper to give current instructions for training and other data.

  • XvierX

    I’d ditch my fuelband for this. That battery life is impressive.

  • Dustin Casper

    Want.

  • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

    Wheres the buy now button!?

  • chjapa

    Colors?

  • nabooska

    a smartwatch that is actually interesting?! Personally I like the smaller/sleeker look over the new Pebble and Samsung watch, probably will pick one up if the price is right.

    • nabooska

      Did anybody have a hands-on with it at CES? Would love some opinions :D

  • Liderc

    DL, your main article page is knocked over to the right by like 10-20 pixels. Coding is off.

    • Adrynalyne

      Not here?

      Using Chrome 31.

      • Liderc

        Happens on Firefox too, not sure.

        • Adrynalyne

          Hmm, odd.

          Ohhhh. I see it now. It isn’t just the article that is off, but the entire page alignment. Even the Discus is pushed to the right.

          • Liderc

            Yeah, that’s what I’m saying, the header is centered, then everything else is shifted to the right.

          • Adrynalyne

            Looks like it is other articles, too. Medic!

          • Liderc

            Yeah I noticed it earlier today but figured my browser was just being weird. Figured I should mention it now that it’s happened quite a bit.

    • David Belyea

      Its off on the left side which is causing it to be off on the right. When you scroll down the ‘always there bar’ lines up with the article, but when you’re at the top of the page it doesn’t

  • Trevor

    If this doesn’t suck at what it claims to do, I may just have to buy one.

  • kevinh52

    Still waiting for a google smartwatch

  • BlackMaGiC1o0

    I could see this giving the Nike Fuel Band a run for its money lol

    • Ej McCarty

      The fuelband is the most pointless of all the fitness trackers. It’s for someone who wants to look like they are active without actually being active. Hence the made up “fuel points” system, which tells you absolutely nothing in regards to your fitness level.

  • Adrynalyne

    Intriguing price…49 bucks? I’d be game for trying it at that price.

    • Adrynalyne

      Awww, how cute. A downvoter is jealous.

      • Ej McCarty

        I had to add a second downvote because all you do is troll on this site and pick fights with people. You’re a very annoying person and I’m sure most people can see that when they meet you. I don’t need a smartass reply to this, just know that I’m not alone in how I view you. You’re idiotic to say the least.

      • chris_johns

        I downvote you before i even read what you write…and then i keep it there even if i agree with you or see some value n what you said…bc i know the downvotes secretly eat at you all day

    • Nathaniel Webb

      So when do I see SuperClean ROM running on my nabu? Gonna need an ETA.

      • JoshGroff

        Do you need that ETA submitted in triplicate?

        • Adrynalyne

          The first rule of ROM club is…

      • Adrynalyne

        LOL!

    • Parthen

      $49 is the developer price.

      “Razer will have time to iron out those kinks, however. It plans on
      selling the device in the months ahead for $49 — but only to developers.
      That will give the company time to drum up support and make sure there
      are apps that take advantage of the Nabu when the consumer version
      launches later this year at a slightly higher (and unannounced) price.”

      Source: http://mobile.theverge.com/2014/1/8/5287340/razer-takes-on-wearables-with-the-nabu-smartband

      • Adrynalyne

        Yes, that is why I signed up for the developer program.

  • Caleb Boerner

    All of a sudden wearables are interesting!

  • tharealoc

    This may be the game changer for wearables, If they stay true to allowing third party access and costs at the projected $99.

  • gabravo2005

    I’m more excited about their Project Christine

  • John Motschenbacher

    Seems stupid and actually very pointless

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Looks like one if those old lance armstrong bands

  • Daniel Russell

    This is exactly what I would want and the price point seems hard to beat.

  • Michael Chediak

    Very cool as long as it’s priced right..

  • Zack Kolev

    Just what I’ve been looking for. Cant wait!

  • coh303

    If they can keep this under $100, I bet they will sell the hell out of them. I may pick one up for that price!

  • n11

    “The Nah-Buuu.”

    • emoney

      like a boss….nass

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  • loony2nz

    Developer units? wow..open source? I’m sitting on pins and needles now.

  • nate

    Never thought Razer would get into the smartwatch/band game. Looks very nice actually!

  • Kenny Woodard

    Finally something that is sleek, minimalistic, and affordable. Personally, I the color scheme and size. It could become quite popular if it gets enough exposure.

    • Jason Brown

      nabu maker would be pretty dope!

      • Kenny Woodard

        I’d love a black/red or white/red model with an inscription on the bottom of the band. (although I hope you realize this isn’t a Motorola device :P)

        • JoshGroff

          I’d go black and blue to match my X. Seriously though, if anything needs color customization, it’s wearable accessories.

        • Jason Brown

          haha yeah. would be a pretty good idea if they came up with something like this for their product. as josh said below, color customization with wearable accessories would great.

      • blarz

        There are multiple colors on the official website.

        http://www.razerzone.com/nabu/notifications

        • Jason Brown

          nice! thanks for sharing. it still would be dope if people can pick and choose their own colors.

    • Raven

      Make it black and red and I would be in.

    • Cipher Zero

      I agree. I wear watches, but not smart watches. They’re ugly things. This, I’d wear. Launch it with customizable colors, and I can see this taking off.