Razer's wearable smartband, Nabu, is entering an open beta, and the company is asking gamers to help test it out.
Five hundred "hardcore Razer fans" will get a chance to test the Nabu for $1 prior to launch, according to the Razer website. The beta units will start shipping on July 10.
"With your help, the Nabu aims to become everything you want in a wearable and more," according to the site. "As a Nabu Beta tester, you'll provide feedback on the device and companion software directly to the Razer Nabu engineering team — all towards readying the Nabu for launch."
Those interested are asked to sign up for the test on their page. The site warns that they're only selecting the "most hardcore fans" for the program, people who actively use hardware and software and are highly active on social media channels.
If you're selected, you're expected to provide detailed written reports and feedback to Razer.
Nabu was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show at the beginning of the year. In a March interview, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan told Polygon that the idea for a smartband was spurred by the company's bigger, broader intentions as a company.
"We don't view ourselves as a gaming company," Tan said at the time. "We view ourselves as a company for gamers. What we literally are is a brand that works with gamers, that designs products for gamers. That's where things like Nabu will come from. It's an extension of a platform for gamers to really make use of and that's a real premise for us and for future product lines.
"Given that there are 1.4 billion gamers today, that's a massive customer base that we're looking at."
While the Nabu, like most smartbands, has a slew of non-gamer applications including telling time, tracking movement and sending messages from a phone, the company is also thinking about how to incorporate the device into gaming sessions and tie it to other Razer products.
You can read that full interview here.
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