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Blocks, the world’s first modular smartwatch is finally available to purchase.
The device made its appearance at Kickstarter way back in 2015, and managed to raise $1.6 million through the crowdfunding platform. The product was, however, mired in delays and some speculated it would never see the light of day. To the relief of its backers, a fully functional device is making its debut at CES 2018.
So what exactly is a modular smartwatch?
The first of its kind, this is a watch that features a Core unit that can be customized with modules. The timepiece utilizes a proprietary connector to link up modules to itself. Each module is designed to be plug-and-play ready and you can connect 4 to 5 at the same time.
They range from ones that measure temperature, humidity, altitude, air pressure, GPS, heart rate, smart button, UV sensor, NFC chip and more. The company also allows for the third-party development of modules which means the range of features is infinite. The Core unit comes with an AMOLED display, basic fitness tracking, notifications, 2 day battery life, music control and Alexa personal assistant.
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At the time it was announced this concept was very much a novelty. It still is, but many of the features it offers through modules are already integrated in the latest crop of smartwatches. Now that its ready to ship its first units, Blocks is hoping to revive interest in the concept at the tech gathering in Los Vegas.
The core product will set you back a rather reasonable $259. But this quickly goes up when you start adding modules, which cost $35 a pop.
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