Crowdfunding opens for BLOCKS modular smartwatch
Last week we first learned of the BLOCKS modular smartwatch, allowing users to marry a core watchface with a number of feature-packed links to add new functionality: one for extra flash storage, one for NFC connectivity, one for a secondary battery, and so on. And with an open platform for those modules, independent devs are free to craft their own add-ons to deliver new features the BLOCKS team hasn’t even dreamed of. Today, the Kickstarter crowdfunding effort for BLOCKS finally opens, giving you a chance to contribute to the project – and pick up a modular smartwatch of your own.
While the Kickstarter only just got started, there’s already a flurry of interest, and as we go to press, the project has managed to fly past its $250K goal. Rewards are also going quickly, with a few early bird deals already claimed. There are still some “late early bird” offers remaining, like the ability to pick up a BLOCKS core unit and your choice of four modular links for $275. Higher funding levels offer engraving and multi-packs. And if you just want the watch without any of these extra modular links, you can pick that up for $195.
Initial module options include the aforementioned extra battery and NFC transceiver, as well as a heart rate sensor, a GPS receiver, and a combined temperature, pressure, and altitude sensor. More are on the way later, like an LED illuminator, fingerprint scanner, and software-programmable button.
BLOCKS will work with both Android and iOS devices, and is set to ship in May of next year.
Source: BLOCKS (Kickstarter)