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The Blocks modular smartwatch is now up for pre-order

Blocks smartwatch
The Blocks smartwatch, now available to pre-order.

Modular tech is a running theme of 2016 - ask LG, Google or Lenovo - and now smartwatches are joining the party. The Blocks modular smartwatch, which first appeared as a Kickstarter project last October, is available for anyone to pre-order.

Head to the Blocks website if you want a piece of this clip-on, clip-off wearable action: you get four modules included for the $330 (roughly £230/AU$445) asking price, with extra modules costing $35 (£25/AU$45) a pop. Shipping is scheduled for October.

These modules are the watch's unique selling point, enabling you to customise the function and form of the device on the fly. An extra battery, a heart rate monitor, a GPS module, an 'adventure' module (including humidity, pressure and temperature sensors), a flashlight and a customisable programmable button are the modules available right now.

Quick off the Blocks

Besides those chop-and-change add-ons (you can wear several at once) you get a stainless steel core watch face that's water and dust resistant, a 400 x 400 pixel AMOLED screen, a Snapdragon 2100 Wear processor and software that works with both iOS and Android.

More Blocks modules are on the way, from Blocks itself as well as third-party developers. Modules for a camera, an air quality sensory, integrated flash memory, a stress detector and a body temperature sensor are all mentioned on the Blocks Kickstarter campaign page, which raised a cool $1.6 million.

Prices will go up when the device launches fully so if you're taken with the charms of the Blocks smartwatch now is a good time to get your money down on the table. While smartwatches may not be mainstream yet, there's definitely interest there - Pebble's most recent Kickstarter has now amassed more than $10 million in funding.

David Nield

Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. On TechRadar you'll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables.