Razer’s first wearable device is scheduled to go on sale within the next few months and it’ll sell for $100 or less. That’s according to a report from Recode, whcih interviewed Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan.
The Razer Nabu is a wristband that measures activity like a pedometer, shows notifications from your phone like a smartwatch, and offers a few unique features as well.
Razer first unveiled the Nabu at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Since then the company has launched a beta program to attract developers to the platform and at launch you’ll be able to use the Nabu to view notifications from apps including Facebook, Twitter, Skype and WeChat.
Unlike most smartwatches and other wearables, the Nabu has two separate screens: one that rests on top of your wrist and another on the bottom. This gives you a little extra privacy since odds are that you don’t expose the bottom of your wrist to the world, but you can twist your arm to see notifications at a glance.
Razer is also encouraging developers to use device-to-device communications sot hat people can do things such as exchanging contacts by shaking hands.
The Nabu will have to compete with a growing number of smartwatches from Samsung, LG, Motorola, and other companies as well as fitness trackers from Jawbone, Fitbit, and Nike. But the $100 price point could help this little guy stand out… especially if Razer succeeds in attracting developers to the platform.
Am I supposed to replace my excellent waterproof Swiss watch with the nice mechanical movement with this plastic band?
Or is this to meant to be worn on the other wrist, so it’ll interfere with playing guitar by flopping around?
As for functions: I’ve already determined I don’t need a smartphone companion to show me the same things I can see on the phone, just faster. I also have no need whatever to measure my heart rate or my steps per minute.
So what about the “few unique features” mentioned? unless you can say what they are, I’ll have to assume its more nonsensical stuff like the rest?
The only thing I like about it is Razer’s green color, it matches the USB ports on my computer :p
No, this is not a replacement or a direct competitor to a swiss watch. The CEO himself usually wears a watch and the band at conferences. The replacement for your swiss watch would be the Moto 360. The band is for those that feel uncomfortable wearing a watch and are more into fitness as I don’t see myself working out with a watch on or tracking my sleep with a watch on.
The Xiaomi Mi-Band will beat every other fitness / smart band out there!!!
Since you don’t say why this is so, I’ll just consider your statement spam of the shilling variety 😛
The photo does show that its uncharacteristically ugly for a Xiaomi product.
LOL – I dont even know what your comment is supposed to mean, but the band in the pic above is indeed from Xiaomi. Check this – https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=zh-CN&u=https://www.mi.com/shouhuan&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dmi-band%26es_sm%3D91
Cuz its $13.
Assuming it also includes a clock and alarm function, this would be extremely preferable to the Android wear and most all of the iWatch mock-ups
It should also light the band in various colors to highlight whichever cause is fashionable at the moment.
Hey, in for a penny…
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