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One of the neatest stories in 2014 is the availability of 3D printers in the home or by businesses. Instead of waiting for a company to design and produce a product, customers can take things into their own hands.

A few days ago, Microsoft's Ben Rudolph tweeted a photo of a 3D printed stand created for the new Microsoft Band fitness tracker. Now, that stand can be purchased through Idle Hands Development for a fresh $11 (plus shipping).

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Every now and again we run across a discussion over in the Windows Phone Central Forums that reminds us how creative our readers can be. WPCentral member TheKinkajou has created a stand for the Nokia Qi Wireless charger out of Legos.

It is the latest of such creations that we have seen over the past year or so in the forums and appears to fit the bill rather nicely.

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Anyone with a Nokia Lumia 720 or higher should know by now the value of Qi wireless charging. Built in to some Lumias, optional backplate for others, what many dismissed as a gimmick has turned into a way of life for converts. Quite a few of you are even down on the Lumia 1020 because you need an optional back cover to enable the Qi. But from charging plates, to stands to speakers, Nokia has been slowly growing the Qi ecosystem and we like it a lot.

Today, we’re taking a look at the Nokia CR-200, a wireless Qi enabled car charging system for your Lumia (or any Qi enabled phone). The product retails between $75 and $100, depending on where you go, and while that is certainly a lot of money to charge your phone, like all things Nokia this is one top notch accessory.

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It’s no secret that Windows Phone accessories aren’t exactly flooding the market at the moment. And while there are great places like the WPCentral store, here in South Africa our choices are more limited.

You see, many local stores don’t stock anything, and shipping items from the states just isn’t worth it most of the time. I even went to an official Nokia store here to get a cyan cover for my Lumia 800, and not only did they not have any colors besides black, their black ones were 3rd party products. Yep, the Nokia store did not sell Nokia covers.

Recently I have been wanting a dock or stand for my Lumia 900 to prop it up on my desk, but of course, I couldn’t find one. Rather than waiting to get one shipped, I thought I would make my own.

Enter: 3D Printers.

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Smartphone Coaster--why didn't we think of that?

File under: Missed opportunity for simple yet effective idea...

Now that you and all your friends and family have smartphones, it's important to offer them only the best when they visit. And by best we mean a place to not only keep their phone, but keep it visible and accessible.

Smartphone Coasters are exactly that--little stands for your phone. We could imagine placing them on the coffee table, media cabinet, shelves, toilet basin (for the guys) etc. where people can just plop down their phones and not loose them in the couch, or your pile of mail (if you're like me at all).

The best part? They're quite inexpensive at only $3.95 each. Lord knows the markup on some accessories these days, so it's nice to see a company keeping the price, you know, realistic. Plus they're quite "smartphone neutral", meaning you can just buy that one and should work with any device (but you're screwed if round smartphones get really huge in the next year, just FYI). All we know is our frienemy Phil could give them a lot of business with his six Android devices that he takes with him on overnight trips.  Seriously, dude's got issues.

[via AndroidCentral]

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