With Blocks, users can personalize the functionality of their smartwatch.
Taking their cue from Google’s modular smartphone project, a London-based startup is developing a modular smartwatch that can be customized by the users depending on what features they want or need.
Blocks is a customizable smartwatch that lets users snap together modular blocks to create their own unique wearable device depending on the features or functions that they want or need.
Each modular block represents a different need or function such as display, camera, GPS, motion, fingerprint, heart rate, microphone, Twitter, music, email, and more. Users can select the blocks they want and snap them together to create a wearable wristband. They can also add a few dummy blocks to accommodate their wrist size.
The modular design of the device lets users choose any combination they want. For example, if the user is a sports fiend, they can put together blocks for an LED display, Motion, Heart Rate, and Blood Oxygen. If they’re more of a techie than an athlete, they can put together blocks for a touch display, camera, gesture control, and the aforementioned mic. As their needs or lifestyles change or if they want to upgrade their device, users can add in more blocks or swap out other components.
Blocks also comes with an open platform for software and hardware so any company or individual can create their own apps or blocks for the smartwatch.
This technological innovation shows that rather than buy different wearable devices for various purposes, users can personalize the functionality of their smartwatch by simply changing and switching the combinations of modular blocks.
The Blocks modular smartwatch is currently in production and the company has already developed a working prototype. They are still working to improve it in terms of performance and overall design, and are looking to crowdfund the device soon. The company also hopes to release the modular smartwatch sometime early or middle of next year. Those who want to get a heads up when the device becomes ready can sign up for updates on the company website.