With modular smartphones like Project Ara getting lots of attention, it was only a matter of time before a modular smartwatch hit the scene. BLOCKS is the world’s first modular smartwatch, and it looks even better than we’d expect from a modular smartwatch. BLOCKS works by having modules that all connect in a strap to a central watch, called the Core. The Core is a fully-functioning smartwatch that features a round touch screen and all of the abilities that you’d expect from a modern smartwatch, such as phone notifications, activity tracking and voice control. In the future, more Core options will be available with options such as rectangular and e-ink displays.
As for the modules, you can simply link them together as part of your smartwatch strap. As far as we can tell, there isn’t a set limit on how many can be linked together at once, although there will certainly be a practical limit based on the fact that the modules make up the strap of BLOCKS. For current modules, you can choose from an extra battery, heart rate sensor, GPS, NFC and an Adventure module that tracks altitude, pressure and temperature. There are also planned modules such as a GSM SIM card slot and fingerprint reader. The BLOCKS team gave plenty of examples for future modules and what can be done with them.
The BLOCKS team is currently working with partner companies to develop and create more modules. BLOCKS is currently available through Kickstarter and has already met its $250,000 goal. The estimated release date is May 2016, which isn’t too terribly far away. For $195, you can get a BLOCKS core and a strap. But for $285, you can get a BLOCKS core and four modules of your choice. With that pricing structure, BLOCKS actually looks to be pretty affordable and right on par with pricing of competitors.
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