Blocks Wearables, a startup, which develops modular smartwatch, has announced the companies it would partner up with at electronics show Computex 2015 in Taipei, which takes place on June 2-6.
The watch face, also known as ‘the core module’, will be powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. Qualcomm is known as the world’s leading microprocessor provider in the smartphone and wearables market today. Snapdragon 400 offers a balance of power and performance with quad-core ARM Cortex A7 CPUs, Bluetooth/WiFi connectivity and support for GPS, GSM and NFC. The combination of these features allows to extend the functionality of the smartwatch with a variety of snappable modules that can support location tracking, cellular connectivity, contactless payments and other sensors.
A user will be able to customize not only features but also the look and feel of Blocks smartwatch. Blocks Wearables has partnered with Tateossian, a British luxury handcrafted jewellery and accessories brand, to create customisable removable shells for each module, allowing a mix of different colours, textures and materials.
The company also signed a manufacturing deal with Compal, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of laptops, smartphones and smartwatches. Compal Electronics is a Taiwanese original design manufacturer (ODM), handling the production of consumer electronics for a variety of clients around the world, including Acer, Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba, and HP. It is the second largest contract laptop manufacturer in the world (behind Quanta Computer).
Blocks Wearables team is heading for production stage now. The first batch of devices will have a watch dial with a circular colour touchscreen. The circular dial will be available during the crowdfunding campaign, whereas the other two screens are to be ready soon after shipping.
Blocks will run an optimized version of the latest Android operating system that will be compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones. The optimizations allow for hot-swappable modules (i.e. swapping modules on the go with no need to power off the device), a longer battery life and the interface customized for the modular nature of Blocks.