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Blocks starts shipping modular smartwatch at CES 2018

10 January 2018 2

A couple of years ago modular design concept takes boom and tech giants like Google also trapped in this idea, the company run Project Ara for quite some time to bring modular smartphones, recently the company confirmed the Project Ara is dead now. However, if you are modular design fan, you can still opt modular smartwatch instead of the smartphone. At this year CES a smartwatch is shown by Blocks with interchangeable components.

Back in 2015, the Blocks started a kickstarted campaign for producing a modular smartwatch, the company raised $1.6 million at that time. The company didn't ship any product in next two years after the campaign, however at this year CES the company announced the official launch of their modular watches and also starts shipping watch to their backers.

In 2016, one of the modular watch prototype pops up online. It took further two years to produce this prototype commercially. The core is made up of metal with hypoallergenic polycarbonate straps are modular which can be shifted to perform a number of tasks. At the time of the announcement, the company announces five different modules.

  • Environment - temperature, humidity, air pressure and altitude measurements for adventure sports
  • Torch - a handy adjustable LED flashlight with strobe lighting and notification features
  • Smart Button - activated by a touch sensor, it can launch a range of connected apps or commands
  • GPS - GPS and GLONASS receiver that provides location, journey tracking and navigation
  • Heart Rate - optical heart rate tracking over intervals or throughout workouts

Apart from these modules, the company confirmed four more modules are currently in works including camera, a SIM slot, air quality monitor, and NFC. The company also stated developers platform will be opened in February. So we can expect a number of exciting modules in future as well. Let's have a look at what it is bringing on board in terms of specs.

Specs Blocks smartwatch
Display 1.39-inches AMOLED
Screen resolution 400 x 400 pixels
Memory 512MB
Battery 350mAh
Sensors G+Gryo
Chassis Stainless steel
Microphones Yes
Vibrator Yes
Speaker Yes

Android Oreo

As OS the modular watch is pre-installed with Android Oreo. The native Assistant is Alexa and it comes with IFTTT integration. It supports both iOS and Android devices. Apart from backers, you can also pre-order the watch by paying $259. It is available in stainless steel silver and gunmetal black variants. Each module costs $35, the company is offering a pack of four at $140. So if you want modular smartwatch with modules, you have to spend $399. At this price range, a number of premium Android Wear smartwatches are available in the market. Would you like grab this smartwatch at this price tag or not?



Blocks start shipping modular smartwatch at CES 2018
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