London-based Blocks is Project Ara for smartwatches (Wired UK)


Blocks


A wearable technology startup company based in London has
released concept images of its modular smartwatches running
Google’s wearable operating system, Android
Wear
. And very attractive it is too.

Much like Google’s Project Ara for wearables, Blocks is an open
platform that will eventually allow people to build smartwatches
out of different hardware modules, and in doing so create the
perfect device to suit their own needs and lifestyle. As new blocks
and technology becomes available, you can replace each hardware
module piece by piece, rather than having to replace the entire
thing.

On the Blocks website
there are several examples of how a smartwatch could be could
constructed in different combinations and tailored to specific
lifestyles. For an adventurous person, a Blocks watch could offer
an E-ink display, a longer battery life, GPS and a temperature
gauge. A techie on the other hand could have a touchscreen, gesture
control, a microphone and a camera.

BLOCKS – The Modular SmartwatchBLOCKS

For Blocks, the main benefit of the modular approach to
technology is that it is an open platform. The smartwatch concept
has been in the works since November 2013 and the company is
releasing its module development kit later this year so that others
can start to create blocks using their own sensors that can be
powered by the central blocks. Several companies have already
signed up to develop their own blocks, but in the meantime the
Blocks team is in the middle of developing its printed circuit
boards and are working on the ergonomics and aesthetics of the
design.

When it comes to the software Blocks smartwatches will run,
things are still very undecided. In accordance with the concept
imagery Android Wear is one of the options currently on table. “On
the software side, we are considering Android Wear OS as an option
and we think the beautiful user interface of it and the fact that
Android is open-platform lies well with our vision. The main point
is if we can adapt the modular approach with Android Wear,” Blocks
co-founder Alireza Tahmasebzadeh tells Wired.co.uk.

As we said, nothing has been confirmed just yet, but if you want
to be notified when the watches are ready and find out whether they
will run Android Wear, you can sign up on the Blocks website.

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Source: wired.co.uk
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