Choose your desired modules

in your smartwatch! 

by Sareh Mirzaei

Sareh Mirzaei is a PhD candidate in Computer engineering at Polytechnique School of Montreal. She works on design the new architecture for improving performance in Internet of things (IOT) with SDN.

Sareh Mirzaei is a PhD candidate in Computer engineering at Polytechnique School of Montreal. She works on design the new architecture for improving performance in Internet of things (IOT) with SDN.

The world's first modular smartwatch lets you choose the features and designs that best suit your lifestyle and needs.

London-based startup Blocks has designed a smartwatch that allows wearers to choose the functionalities they need by clipping on additional modules.

Alireza Tahmasebzadeh, an entrepreneur who lived in Iran until end of high school, is the Co-founder of Blocks.

Blocks is building the world’s first modular smartwatch in the making.

Here is the story of Tahmasebzadeh.  He came up with the idea of Blocks at 20 years of age. Before that, he was studying biomedical engineering at Imperial College in London. He has always been very ardent towards human-computer interaction and how humans interact with their smart phones, tablets, laptops and so on. 

Tahmasebzadehstarted doing a lot of research on different methods of how you can control ‘smart’ devices. He commenced with the brain, more specially brain computer interfaces. He was very idealistic and wanted to control these devices with his thoughts. Thus, he started doing a lot of research, published a couple of papers in that area, and went through the same process in the gesture control field. After doing research on those two areas, he reached to a conclusion that he wants sensors on the wrist in order to understand the motion of the fingers and wrist.

The BLOCKS smartwatch modules

Coming Up With the Idea

He had a friend, Serge, and they started thinking about a smartwatch, which had gesture control inside. They wanted an ideal smartwatch, and thus they started asking friends on what is the ideal smartwatch. At that time, people did not know much about smart watches but they thought it would be cool if it had fitness tracking, similar to Fitbit and Jawbone. Many people had different perceptions on the ideal smartwatch, which lead them to conclude that there is not a smartwatch that would appeal to everyone and people want different things from their ideal wearable device and because of size constraints not all features can be embedded in a smartwatch. After thinking for a long time, they came up with the idea of a modular smartwatch.

Three Things that Tahmasebzadeh Values in Blocks Smartwatches:

  • It is truly bespoke to the person that matters the most, YOU;
  • Upgradability. It is the last smartwatch that you will ever need, as you can keep on upgrading the modules.
  • It is an Open platform and any company can develop modules.

While Apple fans will always choose to buy an Apple product, the pair claim that they are opening up the wider smartwatch market. "We attract users who like choice, customisation, sustainability, and more features and sensors," said Mr Tahmasebzadeh. "BLOCKS will be the last smartwatch you ever need."

Advice That Tahmasebzadeh Has For the Youth

Quoted from Tahmasebzadeh, “I think just make the most use of your environment, your high school years, your university years, and don’t care that much about grades. Don’t care about what other people do. Find your passion, bring yourself high and become someone that is unique in something you are passionate about.”