Besides the excitement of the holiday and Cyber Monday — Nabu is making its appearance this week, according to PC World. People have been waiting almost a year for Razer’s band that combines notifications, fitness and social activity. It has a lean look with its skinny size and OLED display, making it a good choice for women and men. It’s got a $100 tag and four colors to choose from — green, orange, black and white (I’m digging the white). Now that you’ve got the general info, let’s check out the “bennies”.
Info with a twist of your wrist – watch remains off unless you tilt it to reveal the message on the underside
Notification Buzz – a vibration will alert you discreetly
IOS and Android friendly
Fitness through Accelerometer – measure steps, activity, calories, and even sleep time
Plays nicely with water – Splashproof, but not submersible
High Five Friends – you can exchange contact info when the bracelets are close
Social Matchmaking – what?
The video for Nabu shows people comparing interests and meeting. Will this be the matchmaker of the future? I doubt it. However, it is bringing a fun element (and perhaps another issue of privacy) to the table. Perhaps our phones will stay in our pockets and purses, but our band will be the next issue. New data is proving that smartphones are actually addictive, so perhaps the original intent of Nabu keeping things discreet will lead to too much wrist flicking and more Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I’m interested to see how it all turns out.
For you dedicated geeks, Bluetooth LE is the tech allowing a band to connect with a mobile device, and I’m sure you have an interest by now. Check out our learning guide on the Bluefruit LE Breakout Board. You will find yourself thinking of new ways to be alerted to text messages, or perhaps some interesting ways to ignore people bugging you.
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.