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Griffin yesterday announced the WatchStand, which the company calls the first entry into its "new line of products for Apple Watch."

The stand is set to be a nightly solution for more easily charging the Apple Watch. Like other Griffin products, the stand itself doesn't include its own charging cable, but users will need to snake in their own MagSafe charger through the stand during the initial set-up of the device.

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"The introduction of the Apple Watch ushers in what is bound to be the next generation of wearable technology," said Mark Rowan, President of Griffin Technology. "Griffin has long been at the forefront of developing solutions for Apple's newest devices and we're continuing that legacy with our WatchStand charging dock for Apple Watch."
Griffin notes that the stand is compatible with all versions of the Apple Watch and provides an "easy viewing angle" when charging. The pedestal will also accommodate both a vertical and horizontal orientation, allowing personal preference to each user laying their Watch on the stand to charge.

Although there is no in-house storage for an iPhone cable, the WatchStand does provide a small dock underneath the Watch pedestal to store a user's iPhone, providing a neat and organized solution to charging and displaying both devices.

Unfortunately, the Griffin WatchStand won't be available on the Apple Watch's April 24 launch date, but has been given a more general "Summer 2015" release window. The company did note, however, that the stand will retail for $29.99 when it launches.

Article Link: Griffin Announces Charging 'WatchStand' for Apple Watch
 

critter13

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i like the overall setup but the plastic looks kinda cheap, it will be interesting to see all the charging stands that come out
 

gmanist1000

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I was hoping Apple would release a type of "Watch Dock" similar to that of the old iPhone Dock.
 

freediverx

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Is it so hard for companies like Griffin to hire competent designers? What a ****ing eyesore.
 
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I've got one of these http://www.smartwatchdock.net/ for my Pebble. It puts it at the perfect height/angle to glance over stuff whilst it sits on my desk. I highly recommend that form, should they (or someone else) make a dock like that.
 

nfl46

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This is very convenient, and its only $30. Not bad at all. I can definitely use this on my night stand at night, and have both devices accessible to me.
 

greytmom

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I don't see what is inconvenient about the charging cable. Just stick it to the back and boom.
 

thebeans

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So you have to use your MagSafe cable. This contains no electronics of any kind. It is just a piece of plastic. I would say it is overpriced by about 3X.
 

johncarync

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Charge me more!

If I'm going to pay $450 for a watch band, my watch charger should cost at LEAST $200! Make it out of stainless steel and charge me more!
 

roland.g

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Total eyesore. Make it 1/4 the height. And make the part that holds the watch C shaped like the watch holders at department stores. The magnet holds it up.
 

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i like the concept of a charging station where I can plug in all my i devices. The implementation here is not what I am looking for, but I hope that one will come out soon after the watch is out.

A good implementation (in addition to being made out of better materials), would have docs for an iphone, ipad, and the watch. either one power cable or cable management should be part of the solution.
 

illegalprelude

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The real missed opportunity and baffling design choice is that once on the dock, your watch is sideways and so it can't act as a clock on your nightstand. Wtf. Just needed an arm that extended right or left slightly from the top.
 

extricated

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First thought was "Yuck", but I think we should see some innovative variations in the near future - hopefully in this price range.

So ... still thinking "yuck" for now.
 

Chupa Chupa

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I don't see what is inconvenient about the charging cable. Just stick it to the back and boom.

It's not inconvenient just messy. So much electronic clutter and wire snakes crawling on the dresser. It's nice to have something to give a proper "home" to everything. I'm not loving the design of this one, but like the concept. There will be others I'll buy when I see one that can hold an iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
 

7thson

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Ideally, this would have it's own power supply, an integrated lightning port for an iPhone and a usb port on the bottom to plug the watch cable into, storing the extra cord in the hollow column. It would drive the price up, but as it is now it's just a plastic stand.
 

Zedcars

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The real missed opportunity and baffling design choice is that once on the dock, your watch is sideways and so it can't act as a clock on your nightstand. Wtf. Just needed an arm that extended right or left slightly from the top.

Exactly what occurred to me when I first saw it. I'm surprised no-one else has mentioned it tbh. Terrible design for this reason alone.
 

coolcom2

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Exactly what occurred to me when I first saw it. I'm surprised no-one else has mentioned it tbh. Terrible design for this reason alone.

Guys, RTFA. You probably don't even have to scroll to read it on the Macrumors summary...it's on the 3rd paragraph.

"Griffin notes that the stand is compatible with all versions of the Apple Watch and provides an "easy viewing angle" when charging. The pedestal will also accommodate both a vertical and horizontal orientation"

Also confirmed on the Griffin Press release...

"WatchStand securely displays and charges Apple Watch vertically or horizontally for the perfect view."
 

enblue

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Guys, we presented our new docking station line for the Apple Watch yesterday, outside the Yerba Center. Watch out for out Kickstarter launch this coming Friday. It will provide answers...
 

hlfway2anywhere

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The real missed opportunity and baffling design choice is that once on the dock, your watch is sideways and so it can't act as a clock on your nightstand. Wtf. Just needed an arm that extended right or left slightly from the top.

Exactly what occurred to me when I first saw it. I'm surprised no-one else has mentioned it tbh. Terrible design for this reason alone.

no one else mentioned it because they read the article.
 
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