Digital Frames

Digital Frames

New Digital Frame For the Holidays? Here’s What to Do
January 4, 2012 | 1:38 pm

By Gregory Scoblete

Digital FramesTablets like the iPad have taken a lot of the thunder out of digital photo frame sales, but millions still ship every year, especially around the  holidays. Many of these digital frames land on mantles and bookshelves and go dark – forever. Others are quietly returned because the recipient didn’t understand what to do with it.

As someone who owns an atypical number of digital photo frames, I know first-hand how they can quickly fall out of favor. That is, until you figure out how to use one correctly…

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Complete 3D Imaging System
December 15, 2011 | 5:04 am

By Mike McEnaney

Digital FramesBy now you’re getting used to seeing a few two and three-lens digital cameras/camcorders hitting the shelves at retail but how about a 6-lens camera?

Hong Kong-based optic manufacturer LO 3D Co., has actually come to market with what they are calling a complete HD digital 3D photographic system that includes 3 lens digital 3D consumer camera, 6 lens digital 3D professional camera, 3D LCD photo frame, digital 3D printer, 3D print material and 3D photofinishing service.

They tell us that the recent unveiling of the technology – developed by Allen…

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What to Look For in a Digital Photo Frame
December 1, 2011 | 4:49 pm

By Gregory Scoblete

Digital FramesDigital photo frames aren’t the hot-selling photo gift they once were. Tablets have stolen some of their thunder, but they still make a great gift. If you’re in the market for a digital photo frame this holiday season, here are some things to keep in mind before you buy….

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Digital Photo Frame in a Mouse
August 18, 2011 | 2:09 am

By Gregory Scoblete

Digital FramesYou can put digital photos on anything – literally. But we still haven’t lost our capacity to be surprised by the proverbial “what they thought of next.” Which brings us to the Brando Mouse – a USB mouse with a built-in 1.5-inch digital photo frame.

The mouse can display an individual photo or a slideshow with software on-board to help you load images onto the mouse.  We’ll say this – it’s unique. It costs $32….

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Sony Introduces New Digital Frames With HD Video Playback
July 28, 2011 | 10:40 am

By Gregory Scoblete

Digital FramesSony has pulled the curtain back on a trio new digital photo frames that can not only display digital photos but play-back high definition video from camcorders.

The three frames have identical features but different screen sizes. You’ll get 2GB worth of internal memory with automatic photo-resizing to conserve space. The frames can play back images from USB drives, SD and Memory Stick memory cards in addition to playing back MP3 and AAC digital music files. As far as video goes, the frames can display the H.264 video files…

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Conspin Digital Frame/Alarm Clock
June 3, 2011 | 4:16 pm

By Gregory Scoblete

Digital FramesThe Lyme is a new multi-function digital frame from a company called Conspin. It’s a digital frame, yes, with a 5-inch display (640 x 480 resolution) and photo slideshow playback, but it’s also an MP3 player and an alarm clock.

It’s a buzzer alarm, though, so you won’t be serenaded awake by your favorite radio station. You have three digital and three analog clock options and it can also display a calendar. It will set you back $99.

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Multidimensional Photo Frame: chumby8
March 23, 2011 | 2:37 pm

By Gregory Scoblete

Digital FramesLooking for a photo frame with plenty of web-friendly features? The forthcoming chumby8 might be of interest. Due on April 5, the 8-inch chumby8 offers a touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 600. It’s a Wi-Fi frame that can access the Internet through a web browser as well as a library of over 1,500 free applications for the frame. You can load photos, videos and music onto the chumby8 via two USB ports or CF and SD card slots or wirelessly over your network.

Throw in Internet radio…

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Motion Sensing Digital Photo Frame from NIX
February 22, 2011 | 10:01 am

By Gregory Scoblete

Digital FramesA new digital photo frame from NIX offers a built-in motion sensor, so it can shut itself down (and save energy) when no one is moving about. The Hu-Motion frames (for Human Motion) will be offered in 8 and 12-inch screen sizes. Their on-board motion sensors can be set to power down the frame anywhere from one second to 24 hours after not detecting motion.

In addition to the sensor, the 8-inch frame ($99) features an 800 x 600 resolution screen in the 4:3 aspect ratio (which…

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Turn a Laptop Into a Photo Frame
February 10, 2011 | 1:19 pm

By Gregory Scoblete

Digital Frames

This is not a do-it-yourself project for the faint-of-heart, but when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Laptops would make great photo frames – they have loads of memory, thanks to the hard drive (much more than your average frame). Laptop screens are usually much larger than the 8- or 10-inch screen sizes you’ll find on a frame.The trick, of course, is transforming one into the other. Via CNET Pulse, watch how Erik Pettersson transforms a 14-inch ThinkPad laptop into…

 

Fit Images Into a Digital Photo Frame With FotoFrameWant to fit more photos into your digital frame’s memory or onto a memory card you use in a frame?

A free piece of software called FotoFrame will resize (aka shrink) your digital images down to a resolution that matches your frame’s screen (all of your photos have way more pixels than a frame could possibly display). The software lets you select a folder of images you want to resize and the resolution of your frame and it will then resize those images, creating a second folder filled with images optimized for your digital photo frame (your original, full-sized photos are untouched). Copying those resized photos to your memory card will enable you to display way more images on your frame than you would if you simply loaded the frame with full resolution photos.

Since it’s  free software, the interface is pretty basic, but it works as advertised and is a handy little tool to help you get the most from your digital photo frame.

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