Razer’s Nabu X cuts the fluff, cost
The original Nabu turned heads last year at CES 2014, but then took its sweet time making its way to stores, only shipping about a month ago. But Razer is already back at it with the Nabu X, a simpler and cheaper fitness tracker that has the same intriguing social elements built in.
Unlike the pricier model, the Nabu X lacks an OLED display - instead, it uses vibrations and three small lights to alert you to notifications from a paired iPhone or Android smartphone. It’ll also track your steps taken, distance walked, and hours slept, and the one-size-fits-all band (available in white or black) can be easily adjusted to fit your wrist.
But while the Nabu X loses the screen, it still has the ability to communicate with other Nabu devices (of all kinds) - letting you high-five to share social media info, or compare activity stats. And it does so at half the price, as the Nabu X sells for €49.99. It’ll launch on Razer’s website on 13 January (and members of the Insider forum, at least U.S. ones, can get it for just $19.99 at first) before becoming widely available later this spring.
Marvel’s Ant-Man trailer
Paul Rudd starring in a Marvel superhero movie sounds like a rollicking good time, but there’s something missing from this first look at the upcoming Ant-Man. No doubt, the absence of original director Edgar Wright - who left after a decade of involvement following creative differences - changes the expected dynamic, but maybe the trailer just doesn’t grab the tone of the actual film. Fingers crossed, at least. Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed, is set to debut in cinemas on 17 July.
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More Star Wars headphones from 50 Cent
Last May, 50 Cent’s SMS Audio brand issued four sets of Star Wars-inspired headphones to mark Star Wars Day (“May the 4th…”). Well, the Force must have been with that co-branding deal, because it’s back for another go-round with even more iconic-looking source subjects for each.
The four new headphones are inspired by the looks of Darth Vader, R2-D2, Chewbacca, and the TIE Fighter, respectively, and each will sell for US$200 (£132) when they all debut some time in Q2 this year. Any bets on it being a certain day in May again?
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Philips Hue bulbs sync with 12 Monkeys show
12 Monkeys, the 1995 sci-fi drama film from Terry Gilliam, has been transformed into a 13-episode television series that premieres on the U.S. SyFy channel next week. That’s not why we’re covering it in this space. We mention it because SyFy has teamed up with Philips to create custom paired home lighting for the show via the Hue connected bulbs.
The special “light track” is available via the SyFy Sync app for iOS, which listens to the show as it plays and triggers changes in colour from the Hue bulbs based on audio cues. Such tracks will be available for all 13 episodes of the season, and since the audio cues are likely baked into the content, it stands to reason that you can probably use the Hue functionality even if you’re not watching live on SyFy.
[Source: Business Wire]