So what exactly is it?
It’s in essence a smart band, much like the Jawbone Up and Fitbit, with life tracking sensors that’ll monitor things like your sleep patterns. The difference is that it also has integrated notification functions, which you see on smartwatches like the Pebble. If a message comes in, the Nabu will vibrate and you’ll be able to check the message on the band itself.
Why a band though?
Razer Nabu prototype next to a Misfit Shine
According to Razer, one of the main ideas that the Nabu is built around is discreteness. Most of the smartwatches aren’t exactly discrete. They’re bulky and when you glance at them, it’s pretty obvious you’re not paying attention. Not so with the Nabu. It has two screens, a public one and a private one. The public one as we’ve seen in the prototype is just small enough to display an icon to indicate which app notification you're getting.
The second, private screen on the other hand, is located at the at the back of your wrist and has a larger screen which you can discretely look at to check your messages. The whole idea is so that people won’t know that you’re even looking at your messages.
So it'll be like the rest of the smartbands out there?
Not exactly. Razer said that the Nabu is also a social smartband. What they mean is that the band will be able to transmit and pull data to and from other Nabu users within the vicinity. For example, you could be walking over at Clarke Quay and there’s another Nabu user nearby. It’ll then transmit whatever data you have and collect whatever data the other Nabu has. While very specific details of what data will be collected have yet to be finalised, the stuff you could share would include your personal details, health tracking and of course gaming profile.
Whoa whoa whoa, freely share? What about privacy?
If you’re that worried about all your dirty little secrets being aired in public, you don’t really have to worry. You get to customise the band and choose just what sort of data you’d want to share. This can be done right out of the box with the Nabu utility app, which Razer is currently calling Project Miso.