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Make your own smartwatch with Blocks

Smartwatches are evolving fast. Both Google and Apple are in an arms race – or should that be wrist race – to jam-pack their smartwatch software with the most features. This is great for the user, unless you own last year’s tech and aren’t eligible for updates.

Meanwhile, Motorola, Samsung and Pebble have all announced new versions of their smartwatches. Life is going to get expensive if you’re going to have to upgrade your watch as often as your phone. However, Blocks aims to make this a problem of the past.

press-4Blocks offers a $280 smartwatch that enables you to swap out individual components – such as a better camera or faster processor – instead of having to upgrade to a brand new device. Taking the form of your watch strap links, you can also easily chop and change components, such as adding more battery for a long trip or a heart monitor when you go to the gym. You can also tailor the smartwatch to suit your style, choosing between a circular or square watchface.

Blocks is similar to Google’s own Project Ara, which wants to harness the same pick-and-mix tech for Android phones. Except Blocks is set to beat the tech giant to market, with its Kickstarter backers expecting to get their first watches in May 2016.