Vendor Razer has launched a beta program for its upcoming Nabu smartband, allowing 500 people to test the device for $1 ahead of general release.
Shipping of beta units began yesterday (July 10th). The Nabu is due to launch in the UK later this year - it will be distributed by VIP Computers and promoted by pro boxer Jordan Gill.
"With your help, the Nabu aims to become everything you want in a wearable and more. 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.
"We’re selecting only our most hardcore fans for this program, those who actively use our hardware and software, and are highly active on our social media channels."
Razer has also launched the Nabu Developer Program, allowing developers to use the free and open Software Development Kit (SDK) to build their own apps for the device. They can purchase a Nabu developer unit for $49.99 and access the dev portal here: http://rzr.to/dev4nabu
In other Razer news, the company announced its Razer Kraken Neon Series at the E3 expo in Los Angeles. These are six new fluorescent colours for its Kraken gaming headsets and headphones.