Modular tech is a running theme of 2016 – ask LG, Google or Lenovo – and now smartwatches are joining the party.
The Blocks modular smartwatch, which first appeared as a Kickstarter project last October, is available for anyone to pre-order.
Head to the Blocks website if you want a piece of this clip-on, clip-off wearable action: you get four modules included in the $330 (roughly £230/AU$445) asking price, with extra modules costing $35 (£25/AU$45) a pop. Shipping is scheduled for October.
These modules are the watch’s unique selling point, enabling you to customise the function and form of the device on the fly. An extra battery, a heart rate monitor, a GPS module, an ‘adventure’ module (including humidity, pressure, and temperature sensors), a flashlight and a customizable programmable button are the modules available right now.
Quick off the Blocks
Besides those chop-and-change add-ons (you can wear several at once) you get a stainless steel core watch face that’s water and dust-resistant, a 400 x 400 pixel AMOLED screen, a Snapdragon 2100 Wear processor and software that works with both iOS and Android.
More Blocks modules are on the way, from Blocks itself as well as third-party developers. Modules for a camera, an air quality sensor, integrated flash memory, a stress detector and a body temperature sensor are all mentioned on the Blocks Kickstarter campaign page, which raised a cool $1.6 million.
Prices will go up when the device launches fully so if you’re taken with the charms of the Blocks smartwatch now is a good time to get your money down on the table. While smartwatches may not be mainstream yet, there’s definitely interest there – Pebble’s most recent Kickstarter has now amassed more than $10 million in funding.