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Blocks is a smart bracelet that allows users to choose their features

The Project Tango of the wearables market
Tue Jul 08 2014, 17:07

A SMART BRACELET made of interconnecting blocks - each of which has a different sensor according to user preference - has been shown off by a start-up firm that goes by the name "Blocks".

Recognising the growing popularity of wearables and that some users carry more than one device around with them depending on what type of activity they want to do with it, Blocks looks to offer users choices for how they would like their wearable to function, whether it's a heart rate monitor and step tracker for fitness or a motion detector and gesture control for couch potatoes to turn the TV channel without moving.

Blocks wearable bracelet closeup

The blocks connect together and interlock to offer a varied feature set. At the moment, the different interchangeable sensors range between displays, cameras, GPS, motion tracking, fingerprint readers, SIM card, gesture control, temperature, and so on. Blocks says this makes the wearable future-proof as new wearable techologies are introduced to the market.

The prototypes shown in the photograph are non-working 3D printed models shown off at a Bluetooth SIG event in London on Tuesday, alongside a display to show how it might work.

Blocks wearable bracelet

The people behind Blocks have been working on the idea for six months and are presently working with software developers and looking for private investors so they can get it to market before the end of the year. µ

 

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