BLOCKS, the world’s first modular smartwatch, launches at CES
BLOCKS showcases five new modules, Android Oreo and Amazon Alexa
Las Vegas — January 9, 2018 – Two years in the making following a $1.6 million crowdfunding campaign, BLOCKS showcases the first device of its kind in the wearables market – a modular smartwatch. BLOCKS Core is a fully featured smartwatch on its own that has smartphone notifications, fitness tracking, Amazon Alexa and a whole range of apps and other features. Its functionality can be extended by adding BLOCKS Modules. Modules, each with a different feature or a sensor, are connected to the Core instead of a watch strap, to build a custom wearable suited to each user’s individual lifestyle and needs.
The following BLOCKS modules have been developed so far:
Environment – temperature, humidity, air pressure and altitude measurements for adventure sports
Torch – a handy adjustable LED flashlight with strobe lighting and notification features
Smart Button – activated by a touch sensor, it can launch a range of connected apps or commands
GPS – GPS and GLONASS receiver that provides location, journey tracking and navigation
Heart Rate – optical heart rate tracking over intervals or throughout workouts
The company announced more new modules that are currently under development using BLOCKS’ module development kit (MDK): an air quality monitor, stress & perspiration sensor, body temperature sensor, NFC and UV sensor. BLOCKS will be opening access to its platform for module developers in early February 2018. It is already working with a dozen of partner companies to test the tools necessary for the development of new modules, which would allow it to experiment with even more novel technologies such as gesture control, blood pressure monitoring and biometric authentication.
BLOCKS is one of the first wearable devices to launch with Android Oreo (8.0), and supports third party as well as standalone applications. The watch comes with Amazon’s Alexa already integrated, as well as a host of watchfaces, call management, IFTTT, and a growing list of standalone apps created by the BLOCKS developer community. The watch pairs with both iOS and Android smartphones.
Serge Didenko, CEO, explains: “BLOCKS modular design extends the concept of an app store to hardware and gives the power of choice back to the user.”
Omer El Fakir, Founding Partner, adds: “BLOCKS open platform will allow the creation of new cutting edge wearable technologies, be it for consumer applications or industrial, enterprise and even medical sectors”.
The device has started shipping to Kickstarter backers and the Blocks Core is available for order at $259 and a selection of 4 modules for pre-order at $140.
Notes to editors
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- Frequently Asked Questions document
- ‘Our Mission’ document
- Technical specifications leaflet
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