Razer’s just announced its new wearable at CES 2015. Called Nabu X, it’s an entry-level fitness band that provides an alternative to Razer’s higher end tracking device, Nabu, which won the CES people’s choice ‘Best in Show’ award in 2014.
It might be cheaper, but the Nabu X still packs a useful range of functions, from sleep and activity tracking to email/text/app alerts and third party apps integration (available on the Nabu Marketplace). It has a precise accelerometer to capture users’ activity, and vibrates to alert the wearer that they have a message or notification on their phone. The band’s three LEDs can be colour-coded so that users can instantly see what kind of notification it is.
It comes in black, white or green, and users will be able to detach the sensor module and attach it to a different coloured strap if they wish. The soft rubber finish and watch-style fastening is designed to be light and comfortable for anyone to wear. Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan says, ‘We’ve taken what makes the Nabu such a compelling wearable – discreet notifications, activity tracking and band-to-band communication – and incorporated them into the Nabu X. It’s the basic alternative to the Nabu that’s extremely affordable and simple to use.’
It’s compatible with iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, and 6, and Android 4.3 and up. The battery should last 5 – 7 days (30 days on standby) and the band’s water resistant for up to 30 minutes in 1 metre of water.
It’ll be available to early adopting Razer obsessives in the US for $19.99 via Razer’s premier community-driven platform Insider. The rest of us should see it in stores from March, priced at $49.99 (£33).
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