updated 12:49 pm EDT, Fri April 11, 2014
Razer Nabu hopes to avoid Fitbit Force skin irritation problems
Razer is delaying the release of its Nabu connected wristband, in order to make sure the device is safe to wear. In the wake of the Fitbit Force skin irritation fiasco, which saw users complain of rashes on their skin where the band was worn, the gaming peripheral manufacturer will be performing more medical testing on the fitness tracker, pushing the release back from the original first-quarter launch date until late May.
The Nabu launched at CES as a combination of a fitness tracker and a smart watch. Basic notifications appeared on two separate displays, with the display on the inside of the wrist providing more information, while its onboard sensors tracked steps taken, stairs climbed, and monitored sleep patterns. Synchronizing with an iOS or Android app, it is suggested that specific events could be triggered if two Nabu bands were close to each other, such as a handshake prompting a Facebook friend invitation or to automatically follow each other on Twitter.
Writing on Facebook and spotted by Slashgear, co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan noted the issues other fitness trackers had with skin irritations. "While we're 100-percent confident that there won't be any problems with the Nabu, we've engaged medical professionals and are running medical tests to make doubly sure that by the time the Nabu gets on your wrists, it is fully certified hypoallergenic," advises Tan.
A few months after the launch of the Fitbit Force, the company started offering refunds to a number of customers that suffered from an allergic reaction to the device, later expanding it to a full product recall the following month. Razer is evidently trying to avoid going through a similar scenario.