Transform your Phone with a Boring Plastic Stand

When the Pixel 3 was announced a few months ago there was a lot of press about the incredible Camera and the enormous Notch. Lost in this noise is a wireless charging accessory that Google calls the Pixel Stand.

The Pixel Stand

The Pixel Stand is basically a standard wireless charger. It’s just a piece of plastic with no visual user-interface. Some say it’s overpriced at $79. Like I said, it’s a boring plastic stand.

But it completely transforms the Pixel 3.

This boring plastic stand transforms the Pixel 3 into an Assistant…

Pixel Stand immediately turns the Pixel 3 into an Assistant

This boring plastic stand transforms the Pixel 3 into a photo frame…

Pixel Stand can show you favorite photos while it charges

This boring plastic stand transforms the Pixel 3 into a gradually brightening alarm clock…

Pixel Stand gradually brightens a few minutes before your alarm. It has a special display too.

Google is onto something by transforming your phone when placed in situations like on your nightstand or on your desk. Perhaps the most interesting part about all this is there is no software on the boring plastic stand. It’s all in the Pixel 3 phone.

Pixel Stand Settings

When you place the Pixel 3 onto the stand it goes into a special mode. When you take it off it goes back to being a regular phone. It’s pretty magical to see your phone transform into something else just by putting it onto a boring plastic stand. I hope as mobile devices continue to evolve we’ll see more of these thoughtful transformations.


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