Blocks wants to make the perfect wearable with a modular smartwatch

Blocks wants to make the perfect wearable with a modular smartwatch
The idea of modular devices is not really new, but it has been taking off recently thanks to Project Ara getting the idea into the public sphere. Project Ara wants to build modular smartphones, but a new idea from a company called Blocks, wants to make smartwatches modular as well, giving you the option to build your perfect wearable.

The idea is actually pretty interesting. It would essentially make each link in the watch band into a computing module. These modules could be swapped out with a ton of different options, like a camera, GPS, heart rate monitor, microphone, SIM card, and more. You would also be able to choose between a touchscreen, eInk display, or non-touch LED. This means you could make the smartwatch into whatever you want, like a fitness tracker, or a more business-centric device with gesture controls and a fingerprint scanner. 

Blocks wants to make the perfect wearable with a modular smartwatch
Of course, while the idea sounds great, we do see one major issue with it in reality - the customization of the Blocks watch is limited by your wrist size. With Project Ara, if you want more customization options, you get a bigger phone. It may be a bit tough to use with one hand, but it would still be fine. However, with Blocks, no one is going to add more items to the band past the size of their wrist, because then the device just falls off. Blocks doesn't apparently see this as a problem, but if relatively basic wearable blocks like GPS and accelerometer are separate, and you have small wrists, you could run out of options fairly quickly. 

Still, the overall idea looks like a tinkerer's dream. You can build the smartwatch that you want, upgrade it as necessary, and even choose the materials. And, it would be an open platform, so anyone could build modules for it. The only question left over is what the software would look like. Blocks says there would be apps for calling, email, Twitter, fitness, navigation, voice commands, media, and more. More than likely, it would be running proprietary software. 

No word on when Blocks might become a reality, but is supposedly "in production" right now. 


source: Blocks via Pocket-lint

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10 Comments

1. buccob

Posts: 2948; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Promising. Hopefully the designs match the idea

2. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

I think soon enough there will be wearables with all those sensors

3. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

I hate modular devices.

4. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

I love you.! :)

5. buccob

Posts: 2948; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

why? aren't you sure of what you want/need exactly?

6. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I think smartwatches haven't captured enough interest from regular consumers to warrant a modular one

7. ushoda

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

sounds like this nokia smartwatch concept w ww.unocero.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Smartwat​ch-de-Nokia-aparece-en-video.jpg

8. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Smartwatches are bulky enough as is, and this would only make it much worse...

9. WinDroid

Posts: 77; Member since: May 20, 2014

most people don't care. only a small percentage of people care about being "cool". most want value and freedom. That's why android destroys Iphone everytime in sales.

10. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Wrong. The majority of people care about being "cool" more than value and freedom. That's only us technology geeks. The reason the iPhone got so popular was that only cool and rich people would get it. That appeal should have worn off a long time ago, but people still seem to think that owning an iPhone makes you "cool"...

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