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Razer Nabu preview program sees 250,000 sign-ups

Tom Morgan
9 Jul 2014
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Only 500 lucky beta testers will be asked to part with $1 to be the first to try out the wearable

Razer has revealed that the limited beta program for its upcoming Nabu fitness band has received over 250,000 applicants, despite there only being 500 prototypes initially up for grabs. 

First announced at CES in January, the Nabu is Razer's first attempt at a wearable device. The company, best known for its gaming peripherals and Blade laptops, revealed the public beta program at E3 earlier this year, letting anyone lucky enough to get accepted put down $1 to take home an early version of the Nabu. 

Decked out in trademark Razer green and black, the Nabu is a hybrid smartwatch/fitness band with two screens - one outwardly facing 32.32 OLED screen to show notification icons, and a 128x32 display on the inside of the wrist for more detailed notification previews. Inside, an accelerometer and altimeter keep track of the number of steps taken and calories burned per day, while the rechargeable battery should last for up to seven days between charges. Once it reaches general release, the Nabu should pair with any iOS or Android device over Bluetooth to put notifications on your wrist.

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Because of the incredbly high demand, Razer has extended the beta programme closing date from the 3rd of July to the 9th of July, allowing for the last remaining gadget fans to get their application in before the deadline.

"It is extremely heartening that we received this many applicants for the Razer Nabu Beta Program," Min-Liang Tan, Razer's energetic CEO, said 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."

Even at this late stage it's possible to get a last-minute application in to the Nabu beta programme. If you head to the official Razer Nabu website by the end of the day, sending in a brief explanation of why you should be a part of the program could see you walking away with one of the first Nabu devices before an official release later this year.

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