Blocks – The Modular Smartwatch is coming soon!

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While Google’s Project ARA is focussed on building modular smartphones for the future, Blocks Wearables, a startup from UK is building the world’s first modular smartwatch. With partnership with Qualcomm, the company is looking to do a crowdfunding launch in the next few weeks. Here are details on the exciting modular smartwatch – Blocks.

At the Heart of Blocks

The core of Blocks is powered by the Snapdragon 400 SoC processor which provides high computational power AND low battery use. It’s also used in smartwatches such as the Moto 360, LG Watch Urbane and Samsung Gear S2. It packs a 400 mAh battery and give you sufficient battery life before you add an extra battery block. The OS is a custom Android Lollipop OS, compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones, allowing for seamless integration with mobile Apps. It also comes with IP67 water resistant rating with which you won’t be able to take it for a swim, but should hold off the ice cold juice or the coffee spills.

Blocks

The Specs

  • 1.34″ LCD display
  • Accelerometer and Gyroscope
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC
  • Large Battery life – 400 mAh
  • Custom Android Lollipop OS
  • IP67 Waterproof
  • Microphone
  • Low energy Bluetooth
  • Vibration motor

Modules

Modules are what make up Blocks. It can literally be anything! Extend the life of BLOCKS watch with an extra bettery, SIM card module so that you can leave your smartphone at home and use your watch as a standalone device, sensors to monitor body temperature, ECG, kinetic charger, heart rate monitoring and GPS modules to track your workouts and other activities. They do have plans for haptic feedback, perspiration, fingerprint, blood oxygen level monitor and modules for gestures.
Blocks modular phone modules

Release date

No clarity on the date yet. However, the makers are looking to announce a crowdfunding campaign in the next few weeks. Do watch this space for more details.

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