This Macintosh-inspired $15 Apple Watch stand could be the cutest one yet

We spotted what could win the award for the cutest Apple Watch stand yet, the Elago W3. Just insert your own charging puck and slip your Watch into the slot to turn it into a miniature replica of the original Macintosh.

 

The stand emulates the general shape of the Macintosh from the side as well as the front, though it is angled back for easier Nightstand viewing.

It’s made from soft silicon, so there should be no risk of scratching the Watch and it ought to stay put well on your bedside table. I think I need one of these.

The Elago W3 stand costs $14.99 from Amazon.

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This crazily expensive levitating Apple Watch charger is very silly (but I still want one)

You’re officially the person with everything if you’re seriously planning to lay out $249 on a levitating Apple Watch charger – though Kickstarter backers can get one for slightly less at $199, or $159 if you’re very quick.

Since the Apple Watch itself charges inductively, the designers of the LIFT charger decided to take things one step further by using magnets to suspend the charger above its powered base, allowing it to float freely in mid air …

How did we do it? Our proprietary induction system is inspired by Tesla’s original ideas around transferring electricity through the ether. We took this radical concept and adapted it to be able to transfer power while magically levitating in space without the need for any wires.

Levitation Works says that its design was inspired by Porsche Design, and it shows – you could easily imagine the machined aluminum unit with a Porsche logo on it.

The base is made from a mix of aluminum and ceramic, which the company says was chosen for its combination of non-conductivity and suitability for precise tolerances. When not being used to charge your Watch, you can also swap in an optional levitating light.

There is one practical touch alongside the frivolity: the floating part of the unit contains a built-in battery capable of recharging the Watch twice without the base, making it a convenient charger for a weekend away.

It seems that there’s no shortage of takers: with 34 days to go, the project has already more than quadrupled its $44k goal. Check it out over at Kickstarter.

Vtin Aluminum Apple Watch Charging Stand with Integrated iPhone Holder

he Vtin aluminum Apple Watch stand delivers an elegant and handy way to charge the smartwatch from Apple, and integrated iPhone holder keeps your iPhone or iPad mini in place.

The Aluminum Apple Watch Charging Stand with iPhone Holder

The Vtin is a good looking and easy-to-use charging station designed for both 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch models. The Apple Watch stand measures 5.3 x 3 x 2.7 inches, weights 6.4 ounces, and as shown in the images, it sports a sleek and minimalistic appearance in order to decently work with your Apple Watch and iPhone, and its aluminum body with metallic finish not only delivers a durable construction, but also add more modern design aesthetics to your desk or nightstand.

The Aluminum Apple Watch Charging Stand with iPhone Holder

With its silicone dock, the charging stand keeps Apple’s magnetic charger in place, providing a safe, scratch-resistant way to charge your Apple Watch, and the 45-degree angled stand lets you comfortably view and touch your smartwatch during charging. Furthermore, the charging station also features an integrated iPhone holder which keeps your iPhone or iPad mini uptight in portrait or landscape viewing model, and you can also use it to charge the mobile device. In addition, the silicone holder prevents your devices from getting scratched.

The Aluminum Apple Watch Charging Stand with iPhone Holder

The aluminum Apple Watch stand with iPhone holder is priced at $17.99 USD. If you’re interested, jump to Amazon for its more details. BTW, also don’t miss TimePorter Apple Watch charging stand and more related cool stuff by following tags.

Apple Watch iMessage Canned Responses Are Automatically Multilingual

Did you know iMessages on your Apple Watch can be multilingual for you? Adam Christianson noted (and told em) that if you get an iMessage in a language other than your primary language on your Apple Watch, the canned responses when you hit “Reply” will automatically be in that same language. Let me show you:

Adam sent me an iMessage in Spanish:

Como estas?

Como estas?

I tapped reply on my Apple Watch, and these were the first canned responses offered to me, and that’s without me doing anything in settings or anything else. It was entirely automatic.

Good, Great, Bad

The Good, the Great, and the Bad

That’s pretty cool, and it might be useful in a pinch!

Guess What? Developer Ports Windows 95 to an Apple Watch

Once developer Nick Lee “realized that the Apple Watch’s 520 MHz processor, 512 MB or RAM, and 8 GB of internal storage made it more powerful than many desktops running Windows 95 in the 1990s, he felt confident he could get it to run Microsoft’s successful operating system.” Yet the process, as you can probably imagine, wasn’t exactly simple:

To get Windows 95 to run on the Apple Watch, Lee knew he couldn’t rely on Apple’s WatchKit SDK because it doesn’t allow developers to directly access user touch locations. Instead, the SDK forces developers to use Apple’s stock controls. So Lee had to patch certain files within a WatchKit app to load his own app code rather than Apple’s. Lee tells MacRumors the process, which puts an x86 emulator into a self-contained Watch app, essentially turned Windows 95 into an an app.

This of course isn’t the first time an Apple product has emulated Windows 95: before now, emulators have brought the operating system to Apple’s iOS devices using similarly complex methods. Though if you were hoping to take on a few rounds of Minesweeper on your Apple Watch, don’t hold your breath. As you can see in the above video, the Windows 95-powered Apple Watch is largely unusable, though it does indeed boot up and run the operating system.

‘Lookout’ for Apple Watch Alerts You if You Leave Your iPhone Behind

Mobile security company Lookout has released an app that alerts Apple Watchowners if they have left their iPhone behind. Lookout 4.3 runs on the iPhone and Apple Watch, monitoring the Bluetooth connection between the two, and if the connection is lost between the two, the app buzzes the user on their Watch.

'Lookout' for Apple Watch Alerts You if You Leave Your iPhone Behind

If an iPhone has been misplaced, but is still within Bluetooth range, the users can check the Lookout distance meter on their Watch that shows how far away from the iPhone they currently are. (Sort of a “you’re getting warmer…” type of thing. Or, maybe it’s more like “Marco Polo” if you use the “Scream” function? – Ed.)

Lookout can also make an iPhone emit a loud “scream” to help the owner locate the device, even if it’s out of Bluetooth range, or set to silent mode. (The two devices do have to be connected to the same local Wi-Fi connection.)

'Lookout' for Apple Watch Alerts You if You Leave Your iPhone Behind

If the iPhone is no longer connected via Bluetooth, or on the same Wi-Fi network, the app displays a map showing the device’s last known location, using it’s GPS signal, working similar to Apple’s Find my iPhone app. (Why hasn’t Apple released a version of Find my iPhone for the Apple Watch yet? Hmmm…)

Lookout is free, and is available for the iPhone and Apple Watch in the App Store. [GET IT HERE]

Unreleased space black Modern Buckle Apple Watch band image spotted at premium reseller

9to5Mac has reported that Apple will hold a media event next month on March 15th where it will unveil the 4-inch iPhone 5se, new iPad Air 3, and new versions of Apple Watch bands. We’ve already seen one band accidentally revealed, the space black Milanese Loop that has yet to be released, and now another space black version of a current Apple Watch band has been spotted in the wild (via WatchGeneration.fr) …

Currently on display on marketing material at an Apple Premium Reseller called iConcept Toulouse Esquirol is what appears to be an unreleased space black stone leather Modern Buckle strap paired with a stainless steel space black Apple Watch.

Apple originally only sold the DLC stainless steel space black Apple Watch in 38mm and 42mm versions with the Link Bracelet for a premium over the standard stainless steel version, then introduced a less pricey version in both sizes paired with a black Sport band last fall.

The Modern Buckle style band is currently only sold in stainless steel 38mm options including soft pink, midnight blue, or standalone black or brown.

No space black Modern Buckles or versions with what appears to be stone leather like Apple’s Leather Loop has yet to be introduced.

Space Black Modern Buckle

If Apple indeed introduces space black versions of the Modern Buckle band and Apple Watch configuration, pricing will likely be between $249 and $349 per standalone band and $749 to $849 when bought with the space black Apple Watch.

As for the other space black Apple Watch band that we’ve already seen but hasn’t been officially sold yet, Apple briefly ousted that band earlier this year on its Czech website.

The difference here, however, is that we’re dealing with marketing material, not a premature store listing, which we’ve seen in the past time and again as a result of Photoshop mixups.

space-black-milanese

9to5Mac has since reported that the unreleased space black Milanese Loop and new Sport bands will be introduced next month. Unreleased NATO-style nylon bands have also been in the works and could be released at the same event.

Based on Apple’s history with leaking that it’s expanding the band lineup with more space black versions, it’s possible that the marketing image is an early look at what’s to come, or it could just be a mistake that coincidentally reveals what Apple might or might not inevitably release.

Another (less exciting) possibility is that the image shows a stainless steel and soft pink Modern Buckle Apple Watch catching the reflection of the charcoal gray Smart Cover, but based on the imagery I’m not certain about that.