If you thought 2016's modular craze was limited to smartphones, you'd be wrong. London startup BLOCKS
is working with Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Compal Electronics
to bring a modular smartwatch to market in Q3 of this year. And it's not just another Android Wear-powered smartwatch—for starters, it doesn't even run Android Wear. Instead, it's powered by a customized version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with support for watch faces, voice controls, smartphone notifications, and activity tracking.
But what really sets this apart from all other wearables currently on the market are the 30.8 x 25.23 x 7.95mm polycarbonate modules that attach to the band. The current lineup includes of them—one each for "adventure" (humidity, pressure and temperature sensors) extra battery, flashlight, GPS, heart rate, plus a programmable module with a button that can be assigned to anything that the developers haven't thought of yet.