Wouldn’t it be great if you could customize your smartwatch beyond just the apps and build materials? How awesome would it if you were able to choose hardware specifications, too? If you answered yes to these questions then Block Wearables might be for you.
Blocks is a modular watch that gives you ability to customize your watch. At Computex Taipei 2015, the head of variables at Qualcomm in collaboration with Block Wearable revealed the first ever modular smartwatch.
The wearable will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor and will run a customisable version of Android Lollipop, which will be compatible with both Android and iOS. The first Block smartwatch will use a circular touchscreen; the “core module” will include processor, Bluetooth, Wi-fi, motion sensor, microphone and battery. The “core block” will be necessary to attach any other modular block and will be made available soon by the company.
[blockquote author=”Ian Ferguson, vice president, segment marketing, ARM. “]The wearables market is in an incredibly exciting phase and will see a diverse range of forms and functionalities. Their one commonality is that all will require ultra-low power intelligence to ensure battery life is attractive to end users. Blocks’ modular approach is a great example of the creativity and innovation that is possible on the ARM architecture.[/blockquote]
The things that makes this watch more unique is the swappable modular parts. The functionality of this watch can be increased by using the swappable modular parts such as e-ink display block, battery block, motion sensor block, location or GPS block, block for contact less payment, even a flashlight block and there are much more to choose.
In my opinion, the only thing holding the wearable industry back is battery life. With modular battery blocks, however, this problem conceivably goes away.
Block will be able to do all the basic function that a regular smartwatch does but should offer considerably more functionality. Blocks will be released in a crowdfunding campaign later this summer. You can Sign-up on their website to get an early bird discount on launch.