Smart watches are the must have gadget of the moment. They have been a popular theme on the blog too, with various weird and wonderful schemes suggested. One of the main issues the blog has highlighted is that not everyone who likes these weird and wonderful schemes necessarily needs all the expensive features that come included in a smart watch, and more importantly they don’t want to pay for features they don’t need.
Lewis and Pete decided that the solution to this issue is a modular smart watch concept.
Think “Raspberry Pi” for your wrist.
The basic premise is that you buy a basic watch, which includes a common display (Pete has opted for e-paper and Lewis has chosen colour TFT), some basic smart watch functions and connectivity. Then extra modules can be bought either separately or as part of bundles which would simple clip in to various micro usb ports on the watch.
This allows the customer to pick the features they need and leave the ones out they don’t, and creates a certain amount of customisation.
These modules could consist of extra smart features like wi-fi transmitters, Bluetooth and GPS. Maybe extra displays to extend the stock display or add other types like LED or even analogue. Extra memory or adaptors could be fitted for extra connectivity or increased productivity. Maybe gadgets are more your thing, so why not fit a torch or laser pen module?
For some people this extra tech may be a step too far and they just wish to customise the look of the watch so they could fit decorative modules and port blanking covers.
The time telling could also be customisable by down-loading display styles off the website. This also has the added benefit of allowing more blog designs to become reality even if they are only displays rather than full watches. If e-paper was used colour filters could also be fitted to add an extra layer of customisation.
This modular concept allows the watch to be more accessible to more people. Both financially and desirability. It also gives the watch a longer shelf life as it can be easily be upgraded rather than becoming obsolete.
It would allow the watch to be unisex as the modules chosen would decide how subtle or crazy the watch would look. There could even be a couple of body designs, Lewis and Pete couldn’t decide on just one look so we did a model each for the examples. Lewis’s being the more sleek and sporting version and Pete’s being the more industrial of the two.
The modular concept and the wide range of possible additions, options and customisation allows this concept to let its owner decide how it sets itself aside from others 🙂