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Blocks is the Project Ara of the modular smartwatch world

Can’t decide between a round or square smartwatch? Maybe a dedicated activity tracker is piquing your interest too. Well, Blocks Wearables has your ever changing whims covered.

The company’s first wearable device will let users customise their wrist wear at will, adopting a modular design concept similar to Google’s Project Ara smartphones.

Built around an ‘optimised’ version of Google’s Android Lollipop OS – there’s no wearable specific Android Wear here – the timepiece will be constructed from a selection of modular links and a variety of optional faces.

Having first detailed the concept back in July 2014, the technology has now been shown off at Coputex in Taipei ahead of a global crowdfunding campaign later this summer.

The Blocks Modular Smartwatch will be produced in collaboration with chipset manufacturer Qualcomm, and will allow consumers to create as basic or elaborate a wearable as they desire.

Built around a ‘core’ link with base functionality, the watch’s linked blocks can add additional features including GPS, SIM card support, larger battery units and a heart rate sensor.

With the links all featuring integrated connectors, further blocks will add an integrated camera, temperature sensors and contactless payment capabilities.

There will be a trio of display options to choose from on day one, round or square smartwatch displays or a rectangular, fitness-themed E-Ink panel.

Related: Apple Watch review

It is currently unclear exactly when the Blocks Modular Smartwatch will hit crowdfunding sites, or how much backers will have to invest to secure the wearable.

Stay tuned to TrustedReviews for all the latest.

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