Google's Project Ara has been in the news for a few months now. Their concept for a modular phone would allow users to essentially build their own device, choosing just what parts are needed. You can pick from things like GPS, Wi-Fi, extra battery, bigger CPU or various screens. It's a great idea for a phone but we've yet to see if it will catch on. Why couldn't the same idea be applied to other devices — like smartwatches — as well?
Blocks is a modular smartwatch that will let you add or change the features that you need in a watch. GPS, activity monitor, extra battery, music player, microphone, fingerprint sensor and more. You can combine pieces that will make up your band and ultimately your smartwatch — just how you need it.
You can also choose apps for anything from email to phone calls to Twitter — again all depending on what you want your watch to do for you. You won't be dependent on what a specific device has to offer, rather you can make the perfect device for yourself without having to find one that works for you. If you need to change something up down the road, go for it. You can swap out pieces or even the screen as needed. The Blocks community is an open one too, so anyone can create apps or blocks to go along with the watch.
The project is still in the very early stages, but it looks like something that could stand to be pretty awesome. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for this one in the coming months. Check out more about Blocks on Facebook and Twitter.