6. Blocks Core: Best for designing your own smartwatch
At long last, here’s a wearable that’s made to do what you need or want—and lets you change your mind and reboot it as you please. The idea is pretty simple: Links in the bracelet are “blocks” that you can add or subtract. Add a heart rate monitor if you want. Or a tiny LED flashlight. Or an ABC (altitude, barometer, compass) sensor. Or GPS.
The coolest part, though, is that later this year Blocks is set to introduce even more items, including sweat-sensing blocks, air-quality monitoring, UV sensing (so you don’t get too much sun), and NFC payment functionality. The Core (watchface) already debuts with push notifications, Amazon Alexa compatibility, pairing with either iOS or Android smartphones, and a whole range of apps and other features. ($259 for Blocks Core; 4 modules for pre-order at $140, chooseblocks.com)Back to top