Razer Nabu wearable nabs 250,000 sign-ups for $1 beta program
Demand is high for a chance to be one of the first 500 people to try the wearable fitness tracker from gaming accessory and device maker Razer.
The Razer Nabu wearable fitness tracker begins shipping to beta testers on Thursday, and you can still get your very own device for $1. The only catch: you're competing with 250,000 other people.
The gaming and accessory device maker -- known best for its line of gaming peripherals like mice, keyboards, and headsets -- announced Tuesday that a quarter of a million people had signed up for a chance to be part of the 500-person beta program for the Nabu. Razer extended the deadline from July 3 to July 9 due to higher-than-expected demand.
Razer is picking the recipients at its own discretion, claiming that your dedication to Razer hardware and software services and activity on the company's social-media channels will affect your chances of being picked.
"It is extremely heartening that we received this many applicants for the Razer Nabu Beta Program," said Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan in a statement. "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."
The Nabu was initially unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year in Las Vegas. The hybrid smartwatch-fitness band is aimed at providing smartphone-fed info like texts and emails alongside displaying time and providing health data like your standard Jawbone or Fitbit wrist-worn tracker. The device comes with a 128x32 pixel display and is compatible with the iPhone 5, 5S, 5C and Android 4.3-and-up devices.
Razer is still taking applications late in the process. All you have to do is enroll in the Nabu Beta Program online, which requires a brief explanation of why you deserve to be part of the program. A cheeky post-script says including photos of yourself sporting Razer gear is fair game. The deadline is 9 a.m. PT Wednesday.
Though the company is holding applicants to a higher standard than your run-of-the-mill beta program, Razer wants its beta testers to provide detailed feedback via written reports. Failing to do so could get you disqualified from future Razer beta programs.