One of the things that annoys me about consumer electronics is that we all know within a few months something better is going to come along and most of us will end up with buyer’s remorse. A company called Phoneblocks fixed that to some extent with a smartphone that uses modules that can be upgraded with the features and performance you want.
The same company has now unveiled plans to make a modular smartwatch called blocks. The idea is that you can pull out one of the modules and update it as you want and include the features you want in your smartwatch. The prototype blocks watch has a display, processor, motion sensor, and temp sensor that can be connected in any way the wearer likes. Other potential modules include a camera, gesture control, heartrate monitor, flashlight, fingerprint and more.
If the blocks watch ever gets produced, it should have some other neat features. Phoneblocks says that it is working with outside vendors to make contactless payment blocks, fitness tracking blocks, and even a SIM card block. The modules themselves are also designed in modular fashion so users can pull the case off modules and change the way they look.
This all sounds really cool; sadly, there is no indication of if or when it might come to market. Though if you’re interested in getting in on the earliest possible production run, a $50 deposit will get you a membership which qualifies you for the first owner batch, as well as the lowest price available.