updated 05:48 pm EDT, Tue July 8, 2014
Overwhelming response from fans looking to grab one of 500 beta units
Those vying for a chance to beta test Razer's Nabu smartband might be facing some stiff competition. Razer reported today that more than 250,000 applications were submitted for a chance at getting one of the first 500 devices. The company also announced that it extended the deadline for applications until July 9 because of the high demand.
Razer announced the Nabu beta program in early June, indicating that only the "most hardcore fans" of the brand would be selected for the beta program. While the beta isn't completely free, testers can pick it up the Nabu for a dollar at a local RazerStore location if selected. Razer still plans to ship the devices starting July 10.
"It is extremely heartening that we received this many applicants for the Razer Nabu beta program," said Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan. "It is overwhelming proof that what people want right now more than anything is to have a hand in developing a wearable completely with their needs in mind."
With the application deadline extended from July 3 until July 9, Razer fans still have a chance to throw their hats in the ring. The company is accepting sign ups for the program until 9AM Pacific time.
Testers should know that they will be required to submit testing reports to the company. Written reports or feedback need to be sent back to the company as part of the rules of the program. A failure to do so will exclude the participant from any further Razer beta programs.
Specs for the wearable include a 128 x 32 pixel private message screen, water resistance with an IP54 rating, and a Lithium-polymer battery that lasts between five and seven days. The band can be paired via Bluetooth Low Energy to iPhone models 5 and up or select Android devices running version 4.3 or higher. Only one size is available at 3.19 x 2.49 x 0.53 inches.
Even with the large response for Nabu beta testers, Razer hasn't offered an official release date for the smartband. With the first wave of beta testing beginning in two days, it isn't surprising. However, beta often means that a retail version isn't far behind.