BLOCKS, the first modular smartwatch, launching Kickstarter on October 13th

BLOCKS, the first modular smartwatch, launching Kickstarter on October 13th
Modular mobile devices seems like something that is on the cusp of a breakthrough, but it never seems to quite get there. Google's Project Ara has been delayed, but BLOCKS, the first modular smartwatch, has announced that it is finally ready to ask you for money and take the next step towards actual production.

The promise of BLOCKS is quite impressive. The idea is to offer a modular smartwatch that will work with iOS or Android at launch and allow you to choose the options you want, like: an extra battery or storage, NFC for mobile payments, a SIM card, GPS, or even a range of biometric trackers to monitor heart rate, blood oxygen levels, or perspiration and sweat. However, the plans go beyond that because the modules are planned to be an open platform design, which would allow anyone to make their own, meaning you could get fingerprint scanners, cameras, or even kinetic chargers. 

None of this promise will mean much if the project doesn't hit its Kickstarter goals, but at the same time, there are no guarantees that a successful Kickstarter will result in a viable product. There will be some early perks for those who really want to see this succeed, so be on the lookout on October 13th if you want to be a backer. 


source: Thunderclap & BLOCKS

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7 Comments

1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2343; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Looks like another broken promise...

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Could Be Good Or Bad Idk About This.

3. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

File it with project Ara or whatever..

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Bloks

5. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I'd like to see this succeed. It's a no brainer to use the bracelet, although of course it's a different thing to succeed in practice. I don't understand how this can run iOS or even Android Wear. Is iOS open for anyone to use in their products? I should think not or there would be lots of Apple copies. As for AW, didn't Google (no Alphabet) block a start up from using it, only recently?

7. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It doesn't say anything about RUNNING those operating systems. It says it will work with iOS and Android.

6. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

A modular watch will have to be very big and even bigger if they want it waterproof so it'll almost certainly look and feel like crap as their promises of a sleek looking watch dissipate over the Kickstarter campaign.

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