Recent announcement by Blocks to launch the first ever modular watch might make you wonder whether to get one of these nifty wearables? Those of you who didn’t pre-order the watch during the Kickstarter campaign can reserve it now for $330. But be prepared to wait until after October at least.
So what makes Blocks different from its counterparts, i.e. Apple, Pebble, or other smartwatches?
At the very start, the watch will offer a number of functions, built in modules, that prevail over most smartwatches. It will boast a combo of GPS and NFC, rarely seen together in a watch. An extra battery module addresses the issue of short power cycle. The heart rate module monitors user’s condition around the clock, unlike Android Wear smartwatches on-demand readings.
Moreover, interchanging modules can convert your watch into a device to suit your daily needs, be it sports, business, travelling, etc.
Don’t you hate seeing your smart device fade into oblivion every two years or so? With Blocks you can forget about constant upgrades and waste of your hard-earned cash. Replacing individual modules as technology evolves will guarantee a longer lifetime and reduce electronic waste globally.
Blocks is an open hardware platform. This is one of the major underpinnings of wearable devices. Like Android and iOS with their countless apps, developers can produce an array of modules to go with specific applications.
Blocks vs. Ara
Blocks creators maintain that wearables offer an unbeatable advantage over modular phones, and that is – broader choice of features packed into the 1/4 of the phone’s size. What’s more, you get 4-5 additional modules, depending on the wrist size, on top of the Core of the watch.
Yet, rather than a competitor, Blocks will be a great compliment to Ara, as the watch will support both iOS and Android platforms.