Do you like what Apple Watch can do but think it should have a round face? Or maybe you think the Sony SmartWatch 3 should have NFC for contactless payments. Whatever you want in your wearables, Blocks wants to give it to you.
You might have heard of Google’s Project Ara, a modular smartphone that lets you easily customise its specs with Lego-like bricks. Blocks is the same idea but for wearables.
You can get the basic Blocks smartwatch with a round face, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and speedy processor. With that you’ll be able to track fitness, get notifications from your phone and use voice commands.
Then, if you want to do more with your watch, you can buy extra modules like a bigger battery, NFC chip or fingerprint scanner. These modules all clip together to form the strap of your Blocks smartwatch, so how many modules you can have will depend on the size of your wrists.
Blocks has already planned 20 different modules (see the end of the article for a full list) so you can turn your smartwatch into a personal assistant, fitness trainer or travel companion. And the Blocks platform is going to be completely open to developers, so anyone from Canon cameras to Barclays Bank could create modules.
Not only can you customise what your Blocks smartwatch can do, you can customise its look too. All of the modules have removable covers, which means you can replace them with different colours and materials to suit your style.
All this sounds fantastic, but at the moment it’s all just a concept – albeit a concept backed by Intel. Blocks is launching a crowdfunding campaign this summer that’ll see the tech get off the ground and we can’t wait.
Planned modules for Blocks modular smartwatch
Rectangular screen, circular screen, e-ink screen, microphone, accelerometer + gyroscope + magnetometer, gesture control, location, heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature + altitude + pressure, fingerprint scanner, audio jack, camera, extra battery, memory, NFC, flash light, programmable button, SIM card, kinetic charger