The idea behind Blocks is to let users mix-and-match parts of it so that they get the watch they want (or need). The people behind the watch envisioned it to be create an experience similar to building your own personal computer. With a PC, people are able to customize parts to create the rig that they need. We are able to swap out motherboards, various cards, and even the main processor to suit different types of needs.
Blocks Will Allow Users to Swap Out Parts With Different Ones for Specific Needs
Blocks spokesperson, Hakeem Javaid, stated as a guest blogger on the Phonebloks blog that the success of their watch was done after months of research. While the watch is still in its modular concept stage, many are already excited to see this turn into a real, tangible item to wear on their wrists.
The spokesperson said that wearable devices are also known to be personal gadgets. Hence, it will only come natural to have the freedom to personalize it according to a person’s tastes. Furthermore, since there are many companies creating their own line of smartwatches nowadays, many people tend to just purchase the newer model even if the older one will still be in good working order. This leaves the older variant to become paperweight. But with the Blocks watch, if there is a new module that will come out, this will only leave that one module to sit in its container and not the entire thing. This makes it a more cost efficient solution should users want to make their watches look brand new. The spokesperson further states that their modular concept was done over a weekend that resulted in a sleepless night. Nevertheless, their efforts paid off with flying colors.
There are already proposed modules in the works. These include a rectangular and a circular touchscreen face for the main piece. There will also be a microphone, motion sensor, GPS, blood/oxygen monitor, heart-rate monitor, GPS, fingerprint scanner, and an audio jack just to name a few. There is even a proposed module to add extra battery life to the watch. Each of the modules are proposed to have removable covers so that each of them will suit everyone’s individual tastes when it comes to style. The Blocks modular smartwatch will enter its crowdfunding stage by the 2nd quarter of next year. Pricing on the watch is still to be announced.