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All posts tagged "digital picture frame"


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Digital Picture Frames: I'm Looking for Options

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 01:47 PM

Hi everyone! I'm looking for opinions on digital picture frames - it seems like it's hard to find frames with decent sync technology built in, especially since FrameChannel went belly-up. I'm looking for a photo frame, probably in the 10 inch range, that I can push pictures to. Maybe that's via an RSS feed, maybe that's via email, or a Web service. The point is I need the ability to put pictures on the frame remotely without any local interaction. Yes, you guessed it, this is for both set of grandparents and I want to be able to add photos to the frame remotely so they'll just show up.

I've spent a few minutes researching potential photo frames, but what I've found has shocked me: it's a virtual wasteland of cancelled products and failed companies. Many of the picture frames I was familiar with a few years ago no longer exist. I'm looking for suggestions - though in searching for an image for this post, I came across the Kodak Pulse and it looks like it might do the trick. It can't pull down photos from RSS feeds, but I can email photos to a special email address and they'll appear on the frame - so that's the next best thing.

Any others I should be looking at?


Monday, August 23, 2010

Kodak Introduces World's Thinnest 5x Optical Zoom Digital Camera and Larger PULSE Digital Frame

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:53 PM

http://store.kodak.com/store/ekcons...0-main-_-082310

"Eastman Kodak Company today introduced the new KODAK EASYSHARE M590 Digital Camera, the ultimate social networking accessory for people who love to share their pictures. With Kodak's exclusive Share Button, consumers can tag pictures and videos directly on the camera for effortless uploading to popular social networking sites including FACEBOOK, KODAK Gallery, FLICKR, ORKUT and YOUTUBE. Pictures can also be tagged to email and to send to any KODAK PULSE Digital Frame. The new KODAK EASYSHARE M590 Digital Camera is the world's thinnest* 5X optical zoom digital camera. On top of its sleek, modern and stylish design, the camera also boasts advanced features including Kodak's Face Recognition feature that makes it simple for consumers to find and share the pictures they want, and Kodak's Smart Capture feature that helps them take better pictures automatically."

The KODAK EASYSHARE M590 (boy, WHAT'S with ALL the CAPS?) is an impressive 0.6 inches thin, and with 5x optical zoom (35mm to 175mm equivalent), that's quite slender. I'm less impressed with the 14 megapixel resolution - it seems Kodak is still playing the megapixel race, using a 1/2.3 inch CCD sensor. I'm also surprised to see a camera using microSD cards - I've never seen a laptop with a microSD card slot reader, so this means consumers will have to use a microSD to SD card adaptor...and that's just one more thing that can get misplaced. Are SD cards really so large that KODAK needed to move to the tiny microSD cards to get the camera this thin? Perhaps, but it's still a shame. On the plus side, the M590 has 720p h.264 video at 30fps, some smart tagging abilities for automatic upload to Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and other sites when you connect the camera to your desktop PC, and ISO support up to 6400. I shudder to think how bad ISO 6400 would look on a sensor this small, but that's just the sensor-size-snob in me speaking up. Sometimes what matters is getting the photo, not how noise-free it is.

I wonder if that's the answer to the memory card question - perhaps KODAK's research tells them that most of their customers never take the memory card out of the camera, instead connecting the camera to their computer? This camera supports USB charging, just like the el-cheapo EASYSHARE camera that I bought last year, which makes connecting to a computer a recharging rather than discharging experience. I really want to see more USB charging featured on digital cameras - it's so much easier to pack a single cable than a separate battery charger.

The remainder of the press release, along with Read more...


Thursday, April 9, 2009

ACDSee Picture Frame Manager Software

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 02:11 PM

http://www.acdsee.com/pictureframemanager

"ACDSee Picture Frame Manager software for Mac and PC allows you to conveniently manage images for any type of display device. Whether it's a photo frame or a large screen 1080p TV, this application will optimize your images to the resolution of your frame so you can fit many more images into the frame's memory with ease."

I think you can file this under the "for n00bs" only category, but if you know someone that has a digital photo frame and they struggle with getting their images re-sized, this might be a good solution - albeit an expensive one at $39.99 USD. There's not a lot of descriptive text, so maybe it's smarter than I'm giving it credit for. If it could detect (or be told) the aspect ratio and resolution of your frame, it would be slick to have it not only resize the images but also automatically crop them to the right aspect ratio. Point and shoot digital cameras typically take pictures in a 4:3 aspect ratio, while most DSLR cameras capture images in a 3:2 aspect ratio. Nobody likes to see black bars on their digital picture frame, so this might be a solution.


Monday, August 18, 2008

JOBO Introduces Lightweight Portable Photo Display

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 PM

http://www.sironline.com/press/pdf/...bileDisplay.pdf

"JOBO AG announces the addition of a new ultra stylish and very portable digital picture frame to the growing JOBO family of digital picture frames. Featuring a 3.5-inch screen, the new pocket-sized JOBO S4 Mobile photo Display is the most compact and lightweight JOBO model to date. The new JOBO S4 Mobile Photo Display fits nicely in a pocket or handbag and is especially designed for consumers to use anywhere anytime. It is also available in two popular color choices - black or white."

This product seems a bit...curious to me. Carrying a picture frame in your jacket pocket or purse? You'd have to be really hard-core about your photos to want to carry a frame with you. Most people would just load up images on their mobile phones, or MP3 player, and it would probably be classified as "good enough". There's no word on the pricing either - I suppose it it were quite cheap (perhaps $49?) it might be a fun gadget to use now and then...but I suspect it's not going to be that cheap. Would you use a gadget like this?


Thursday, January 31, 2008

New Frames from Sony

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:30 PM

http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archive...oto_frames.html

"Sony introduced its new S-Frame brand of digital photo frames that comprises of DPF-V900, DPF-V700, and DPF-D70. Common features include : WVGA resolution (800 x 480 pixels), 15:9 aspect-ratio screens, advanced image processor, 10 slide show variations, clock and calendar views, and two index modes to preview a bunch of photos simultaneously."



The higher end models also feature Bluetooth and an HDTV connection. Overall, these are rather nice looking except for the Sony logo. As much as most companies want to slap their logos on stuff, I think they really need to show some restraint with digital picture frames since I find it distracting from the experience.


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