Wearable Wednesdays: Meet BLOCKS, The Modular Smartwatch

BLOCKS (and modules)

If you thought 2016’s modular craze was limited to smartphones, you’d be wrong. London startup BLOCKS is working with Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Compal Electronics to bring a modular smartwatch to market in Q3 of this year. And it’s not just another Android Wear-powered smartwatch—for starters, it doesn’t even run Android Wear. Instead, it’s powered by a customized version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with support for watch faces, voice controls, smartphone notifications, and activity tracking.

But what really sets this apart from all other wearables currently on the market are the 30.8 x 25.23 x 7.95mm polycarbonate modules that attach to the band. The current lineup includes of them—one each for “adventure” (humidity, pressure and temperature sensors) extra battery, flashlight, GPS, heart rate, plus a programmable module with a button that can be assigned to anything that the developers haven’t thought of yet.

Here are the specs:

Display
1.39 inch AMOLED Display
400 x 400 Round Display
2-point touch with wet finger

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 Wear
512MB RAM

Sensors
G sens + Gyro
E-Compass

Battery
300 mAh Battery

Connectivity
WIFI 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1 (BLE)

Material
Stainless Steel (top and bottom casing)

Other Stuff
Vibration Motor
4GB Flash (ePOP)
1 Microphone
1 Power On/Off Button
Splash resistant
Android Marshmallow

And here’s a video demo of the product. Sorry about the pre and post-roll ads—they infuriate me as well… ಠ_ಠ

BLOCKS is taking pre-orders now and expects to ship by October. $330 USD (+$11 shipping to the United States) will get you the watch and four modules of your choice. For more information, please see the links directly below.

Links: BLOCKS, Kickstarter, LPX Podcast, Wareable

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