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The strap is made of several modules, each with their own function. Choose the modules you want to build a smartwatch unique to you.
The strap is made of several modules, each with their own function. Choose the modules you want to build a smartwatch unique to you.
The strap is made of several modules, each with their own function. Choose the modules you want to build a smartwatch unique to you.
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BLOCKS - The World's First Modular Smartwatch

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BLOCKS is the world’s first modular smartwatch. Compared to our phones, smartwatches are small and have limited space inside. This means that other smartwatch companies are having to compromise on which features they to put into a tiny little device that fits around your wrist. We wanted to give that power back to you, the user, to choose what features are important just for you.

BLOCKS breaks away from compromise with a unique design. Start simply with the watchface, also known as the Core, which is a fully functioning smartwatch on its own, then add Modules into the strap to enhance functionality of your watch. You can choose ANY Modules you want and connect them together to build a smartwatch unique to you.

It's tailored to the person that matters the most - You 

It’s time that our smartwatches reflect our individuality. BLOCKS gives you the power to build a smartwatch that suits your lifestyle, with features that are customized to your needs. We’re over one-size-fits-all. Just choose the modules you want and connect them together in seconds.

Hot Swappable

Modules are hot swappable and easily replaceable. Swap in and out any Module in seconds. You don't need to restart the watch when you connect a Module, and it will work straight away.

Easily swap in a battery Module if you notice that your smartwatch is running low on power, or connect a heart rate Module before heading to the gym.

It's future proof

Why buy a whole new smartwatch when you can simply add a new feature? As technology evolves, so will BLOCKS. New Modules will be released continually, ensuring that you can have the latest technology as soon as it becomes available. The future is modular.
 

It has infinite possibilities

Open Hardware 
As an open platform, BLOCKS allows other select companies or individuals to develop Modules. There can be Modules for gaming, sports, healthcare, the workplace, or even experimental ones for academic research. All this means even more choice for you.

During the past two years, we have been approached by a large number of technology companies from around the world. Together with our partners, we developed the Core technology of BLOCKS and our first Modules. We are working with our partners to develop even more modules.

Open Design 

Easily customize the appearance of your watch with removable covers to suit your taste and any occasion. Select designers or individuals would be able to build even more customizable covers for the smartwatch. 3D printed precious materials, stones such as ruby or sapphire or carved from wood, would all be possible with the open design.

Engineering Prototype:

 The final product will have a full round screen.

Here is a video of the engineering prototype we have developed together with our manufacturer, Compal Electronics. They are amongst the top 5 manufacturers for consumer electronics in the world and have already initiated the manufacturing process to produce BLOCKS.

What makes BLOCKS special?

Our Modules make BLOCKS unique. They provide an ever-growing selection of features for you to choose from. By utilising the space around the wrist, users can build a smartwatch that suits their lifestyle by connecting Modules together to their Core. The possibilities are limitless.

Phase One: Available on Kickstarter

The Modules listed below are the first of many, and were selected based on popular choice. As new technology becomes available, we’ll be developing new Modules for you. You don't need to choose the Modules you want immediately when you back us; after the campaign, we will get in touch to ask what combination of Modules you'd like.  

Add as many extra battery Modules as you want and keep your BLOCKS watch running for longer. Each extra battery Module extends your device’s life by around 20%.
Add as many extra battery Modules as you want and keep your BLOCKS watch running for longer. Each extra battery Module extends your device’s life by around 20%.
Get an accurate reading of your heart rate to better understand your performance during exercise. We are using one of the best heart rate sensors available on the market.
Get an accurate reading of your heart rate to better understand your performance during exercise. We are using one of the best heart rate sensors available on the market.
Other smartwatches need your phone for location data. With a GPS Module connected to your BLOCKS watch, you can leave your phone at home, and still track your location and activities.
Other smartwatches need your phone for location data. With a GPS Module connected to your BLOCKS watch, you can leave your phone at home, and still track your location and activities.
Use this Module for contactless communications and data transfer. We have started working with partners in the US and UK to implement contactless payments in BLOCKS, to make paying for something is as simple as a flick of the wrist.
Use this Module for contactless communications and data transfer. We have started working with partners in the US and UK to implement contactless payments in BLOCKS, to make paying for something is as simple as a flick of the wrist.
Get live readings of temperature, pressure, and altitude estimates. Use it while hiking, in extreme sports, or any other outdoor activity.
Get live readings of temperature, pressure, and altitude estimates. Use it while hiking, in extreme sports, or any other outdoor activity.
Running out of battery? We've got you covered!
Running out of battery? We've got you covered!
Want to leave your wallet at home? We’ve got you covered! Make your payments with a flick of your wrist.
Want to leave your wallet at home? We’ve got you covered! Make your payments with a flick of your wrist.

Phase Two: Planned Modules

BLOCKS is all about choice. We want to be able to provide you with as many Modules as possible so that you always have access to the latest technologies. Here are some Modules that we have already planned designing, or will be working with partners to make possible.

These will be announced after we ship to our Kickstarter backers, and can be ordered online to add to your Module selection.

Leave your smartphone at home. Send and receive your text messages or reply to emails with your voice. The cellular connectivity feature may require an upgraded core
Leave your smartphone at home. Send and receive your text messages or reply to emails with your voice. The cellular connectivity feature may require an upgraded core
Use this Module to authenticate any action; from contactless payments to opening the doors of your car and home.
Use this Module to authenticate any action; from contactless payments to opening the doors of your car and home.
A torch in the dark or an indicator light while cycling, with multiple colours for notifications.
A torch in the dark or an indicator light while cycling, with multiple colours for notifications.
Program this button  to trigger any action on your phone or BLOCKS watch. It can be used as an emergency (SOS) alert for the elderly, for taking cheeky selfies, or controlling your music.
Program this button to trigger any action on your phone or BLOCKS watch. It can be used as an emergency (SOS) alert for the elderly, for taking cheeky selfies, or controlling your music.

Phase Three: Future Modules

We have demonstrated what is currently possible with BLOCKS.. But as more companies and individuals harness the potential of our open platform in the future, you will have so many more Modules to choose from. Here are just a few that will be possible.

With increasing awareness about the quality of our environment, sensors such as these will play more of a role in our daily lives.
With increasing awareness about the quality of our environment, sensors such as these will play more of a role in our daily lives.
Take a quick selfie, a spontaneous picture or scan QR codes. Never miss a picture perfect moment while fumbling for your phone.
Take a quick selfie, a spontaneous picture or scan QR codes. Never miss a picture perfect moment while fumbling for your phone.
Want to store all your favourite songs and save all those photos you take with the camera module? Get additional storage with a memory module.
Want to store all your favourite songs and save all those photos you take with the camera module? Get additional storage with a memory module.
Monitor your stress levels during the day with this Module’s galvanic skin sensor to help you work towards a healthier lifestyle
Monitor your stress levels during the day with this Module’s galvanic skin sensor to help you work towards a healthier lifestyle
Track your body temperature throughout the day
Track your body temperature throughout the day
The Game Changer. Connect this Module to other modules you want and wear it as a seperate bracelet to add a whole range of functionality to your BLOCKS watch
The Game Changer. Connect this Module to other modules you want and wear it as a seperate bracelet to add a whole range of functionality to your BLOCKS watch
Want to ask us a question? Email us at ask@chooseblocks.com and we will reply as soon as we can.

The Core, or watchface, is fully functional on its own and has all the features you would expect from a smartwatch, such as phone notifications, activity tracking and voice control, and comes with a full round colour touch screen. In the future, we can have Cores with different types of display technologies and shapes, such as e-ink and rectangular screens.

The features of the BLOCKS Core include the following:

Elegant Interface

We’ve designed the user experience to be as intuitive and simple as possible. Notifications, activity tracking, and the additional features of all your Modules are available at the flick of a finger. These are preliminary designs are subject to change.

Apps and Menus are easy to navigate
Apps and Menus are easy to navigate

Mobile Compatibility & App

BLOCKS will be compatible with both iPhones and Android smartphones. It works with iOS 8 and above, on iPhone 4s and above. It also works with all Android 4.0+ phones including those from LG, Motorola, Sony, Samsung, HTC, Xiaomi and more.

BLOCKS watches are accompanied with an app that can be downloaded on any iOS or Android device. Our mobile app enables you to customize watchfaces, download apps for your BLOCKS watch and select the notifications you want to receive.
BLOCKS watches are accompanied with an app that can be downloaded on any iOS or Android device. Our mobile app enables you to customize watchfaces, download apps for your BLOCKS watch and select the notifications you want to receive.

Operating System

BLOCKS' operating system is based on the latest version of Android and is running on a powerful and efficient Qualcomm processor. With the help of Qualcomm and our other software partners, we have optimized our Android OS for power consumption. 

We are using Android, which like BLOCKS, is an open-platform. With Android it is easy to develop apps and to implement our modular framework. A lot of developers already have apps on androids, and they only need to optimize their apps to work on the watch.

Ergonomics

Our team has extensively studied wrist shapes and sizes to design BLOCKS Modules to be universally comfortable.

Based on your wrist size, you can fit a different amount of Modules. We have developed a special clasp that can adjust to different sizes and make sure your watch fits your wrist perfectly. Small wrists will be able to fit the Core, 3 Modules and the adjustable clasp, while the mean wrist size will be able to fit the Core, 4 Modules and the adjustable clasp. We will try to decrease the size of Modules for even better ergonomics and to allow you to have more Modules at one time. 

Don't worry about measuring your wrist size as our standard Kickstarter package gives you the Core, 4 Modules of your choice, and an adjustable clasp, which will fit all wrist sizes.

Water Resistance

BLOCKS watches will be IP67 water resistant, which means they can withstand immersion up to 1 m for certain periods of time. This will keep you covered in case your watch gets wet in the rain or you accidentally drop it into a puddle. We are aiming for IP68 level, one of the highest levels of certifications, so that you will be able to go for a swim with your BLOCKS watch.

Colour Options

BLOCKS will be available in 3 colour options, which you will be able to select after launch, and will be made from a high quality polycarbonate. Casings in other materials and colours will be made available next year onwards. Polycarbonate is used extensively in many smartphones. 

 
Metallic finish was added as a stretch goal. It will be made of NCVM (Non-Conductive Vacuum Metallizing). For more information, please check out update 5. If you want this metallic finish, add $32 ($12 for Core, $5 per Module) to your pledge. If you have previously pledged $30 more for additional Modules (yes, you can get future Modules for only $30 now, just add it to your pledge) add $5 more per additional Module that you have ordered. 

Starting at $195, BLOCKS is competitively priced with any other Android based smartwatch. You can add even more functionality to your BLOCKS watch and get 4 Modules at prices starting from $250. 

Want more modules? Just select the reward tier you would like to purchase and add $30 ONLY for each additional module. For example - you select the $275 package which gives you the BLOCKS Core and 4 Modules. However if you would like 5 Modules instead of 4, add $30 so that your total pledged amount is $305 ($275 + $30). 

You can order an unlimited number of Modules, and redeem your credit from Kickstarter to purchase Modules that are released in the future. Some future Modules may need more than 1 credit.

We have already partnered with major technology companies to develop our Modules and have over 1,500 individual developers signed up on our list.

As an open platform, BLOCKS will be releasing a special kind of module to allow anyone to prototype their own technology. BLOCKS developers would be able to build their own modules to add to their watch, and may even offer them for sale to the BLOCKS community via the BlockStore. We will work with individual developers to take their designs to production. Exciting!

We will be releasing a full Module Development Kit (MDK) in due course for all of you who are interested in building amazing projects for a wearable. We already had many people approach us with ideas and prototypes to build modules for healthcare, academic research and gaming. We cannot wait to see what you could develop with these developer modules!

Manufacturer

We’ve been working with Compal Electronics in Taiwan for the past 8 months. Compal is the world’s fifth largest manufacturer of consumer electronics, and produce multiple smartphones, tablets and smartwatches. We have developed our prototypes together.

Behind the Scenes

Check out some of the members of our technical team talking about more details of our hardware, software and design.

Technical specifications of the Core

 Update: Gorilla Glass is added to all BLOCKS Cores for no additional cost, since we reached the $1,000,000 stretch goal. This makes sure the screen is damage resistant.

Update: Gorgeous and energy efficient AMOLED screen is added as a stretch goal and all BLOCKS watches will come with this screen for no additional cost. 

We have a large team, with various backgrounds coming from literally all over the globe. Together, we are building your dream smartwatch. The whole team is currently based in London, UK with a small presence in Silicon Valley.

Come meet the team!

We believe in being an open and transparent company. We are happy to meet and speak to our backers about our shared passion for modularity. We are based in London, so please feel free to drop us a message if you're around!

 These are estimated timelines for the production and fulfilment. We estimate to ship the watches out of factory by end of May. 

 Awards

Since founding BLOCKS, we have had the privilege of participating in many different competitions, winning numerous Awards along the way.

International backers:

We will be shipping to most countries in the world barring the following countries due to logistical issues: Argentina, Belarus, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar/Burma, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Please note: Backers may need to pay for customs and duty depending on where they live.  

Terms and conditions:

Please visit the following link for our terms and conditions:
http://www.chooseblocks.com/terms-and-conditions.html

Together, we can change how technology should be!

We are a young and very passionate team, with ambitious goals of  changing how the world looks at technology. We reached this goal, but we still need your help! Signal to the world that technology should be personal and upgradeable. Please share the campaign with your friends, family, and colleagues, so we can make BLOCKS the success we know it can be.

Something fun for you to watch!

And help us spread the word...

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch either through Kickstarter or Facebook. You could also email us at ask@chooseblocks.com and we promise we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Risks and challenges

Technical challenges:
The proprietary connectors for BLOCKS is something that's never been done before. The connectors need to be tested for durability, fatigue life, water proofing, stress tests, vibrations etc all the while being comfortable. The BLOCKS team have been working on the technology for 22 months and with our partner's support we have commissioned one of the largest ODMs (Original Design Manufacturers) to help us tackle this problem. They have significant experience in building wearable devices. We have been working with them for a year before even coming to Kickstarter to create something that is ready for mass production.

Product updates:
We want our entire community to know that the product details may change over the course of the manufacturing process. We want to ensure that we deliver the highest quality BLOCKS watch possible. We will keep you updated on any and all changes.

Delivery:
We have stated that shipment will commence in the end of May 2016 accounting for as many worst case scenarios as possible. However, it is impossible to account for every scenario due to practicality.

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