Razer had a few things to show off at E3 this year – some pretty new headsets and even a bunch of World of Tanks gear. However, the most interesting gadget has to be the Razer Nabu, and we all need it ASAP.
With the Razer Nabu, the company is entering into the “smart band” market, combining the smart watch approach with the sensors of a fitness band. Plus, it’s designed as an open device, giving developers an open Software Development Kit (SDK) so anyone can make new apps for it. But it’s the smart phone integration that I thought was genius, and should be required for all.
There is a small screen on the band, worn so that is sits on the inside of the wrist (not against your skin, but the underside so invisible when you rest your hand on a table). The screen shows notifications from your phone – texts, tweets, emails, etc. The band vibrates when you get a new notification so that you can discretely check your wrist, shaking off the notification if it doesn’t require your immediate attention. In this way, you can actually enjoy a social encounter with real live people without constantly checking your phone – no need to keep phones on the table in case of message, people can use the Nabu as their phone’s butler, subtly notifying you when someone is trying to contact you.
This seems like the smart band that I’ve been waiting for. I love that it can offer all the fitness things – pedometer, sleep monitor – as well as linking through to my phone. Plus, with the completely open SDK, there is plenty of room for development. I would love to see the cool apps that could emerge for the Nabu, and I really want one of these. Sure, it’s just a gadget, but this looks like the type of gadget that could improve my ability to relax during social engagements, and stop irritating people thanks to all the notifications that I get on my phone.
Are you keen for a gadget like this, or do you think Razer should still with the gaming related peripherals?
Last Updated: June 18, 2014