The number of wearables being released in the market are increasing rapidly. One such wearable is Block whose prototype was released in CES this year. The modular smartwatch is being developed by Blocks Wearables. The prototypes showed what Blocks might look eventually and how it could work. Blocks Wearables was one of the participants in Intel’s “Make it Wearable” competition on the CES show floor. It was not clear how using the Block would be like but the display gave an idea on how the concept of the smartwatch could play out.
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How will it be Like?
The watch face is the heart of the Block. The module will contain majority of the hardware elements and the screen. The basic capabilities of the Block can be expanded with add-on modules which are small and are linked to the main watch face Block. The extensions create the watch band.
You can get notifications from your home and the smartwatch will be able to track your motion and control audio. The functionalities of the watch could be improved immensely with six extra add-on modules.
GPS tracking, extended battery links, a SIM card slot, a microphone, heart rate monitoring and a module that allows you to make contactless payments can be added. It is however, not yet clear how the features will work.
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The plan is to unveil the Block with a Kickstarter campaign in June. The company plans to ship the smartwatch by the end of the year. The price of the basic watch face component will be around $150 and the add-on modules will be around $20 to $50. According to the company, packages with different levels of functionality will be offered and will be in the price range of $200 to $300. The Blocks Wearables says that super early bird prices will be cheaper than the pre-order options that will be available through the Kickstarter campaign.
Blocks Wearables has a lot of work to do before it ships its smartwatch to consumers. Once the Kickstarter campaign starts, it will be clear what functionalities will actually be present in the device which the consumers can use.
Do you use any wearable? Are smartwatches useful? We would love to hear your thoughts.