Coolest Gadgets » Digital Picture Frame Playing with cool gadgets in the ongoing search for the Coolest Gadget Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:00:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pix-Star delivers FotoConnect XD Wi-Fi enabled digital picture frame Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:00:33 +0000

I would like to say that digital photo frames happen to be a niche product that has not really caught on, making it a niche product just like that of a pico projector. However, this does not mean that it is a dead market, as the likes of Pix-Star who has been in the game for some time already is back with the FotoConnect XD Wi-Fi enabled digital picture frame. This spanking new 15 inch device will be a whole lot more than just a normal frame, as it will arrive with a slew of useful and unique features which will make it a “life companion”. In fact, those who are interested can already place an order for it on Amazon.

There is nothing quite like ensuring your memories end up being captured in a photo – digital or otherwise, as it does its bit to help in making sure that we will still be able to remember a connection to our past. After all, forgetting one’s history can be a very difficult thing since doing so might see us repeat the same mistakes in the future. The latest FotoConnect XD Wi-Fi enabled digital picture frame happens to be developed to target the senior and elderly, and yet it will still sport even more bells and whistles compared to the previous Pix-Star generation – while making sure that it remains user friendly to boot.

The moment the initial configuration is completed, you can sit back and let the FotoConnect XD Wi-Fi enabled digital picture frame virtually run in autopilot mode as it will receive photo mails while playinh slideshows on its own. Not only does Pix-Star frames receive photos, it is also full well capable of sending them out, too.

The FotoConnect XD will feature a 4:3 display ratio that makes it ideal for most digital camera formats, and the frame will seamlessly integrate itself with over 20 online services, including the likes of Dropbox, Facebook, Google +, FlickR, and Instagram among others. Just a few minutes are required to set up this frame, and a Wi-Fi connection will enable it to access the Internet while having its own email address, which means there is no need for a computer to function as a “middleman” when sending and receiving photo mails.

Not only that, the FotoConnect XD will also be able to let one configure alarms as reminders for birthdays, anniversaries, and even a doctor’s appointment.

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Nixplay wants you to enjoy a cloud-based digital frame experience Sat, 04 Oct 2014 12:00:05 +0000 nixplayI remember a few years ago, the digital photo frame proved to be quite a novelty – after all, this means there is no need to actually print out a photo that you like and frame it up, only to change it from time to time – and after a while, it might even get rather tedious. Having said that, a digital photo frame makes it a snap to have a slew of images shown in a row, since it would read all of the images from a memory card. As to how many photos are shown there, it remains to be seen. Nixplay, a name that is synonymous with high-definition WiFi cloud photo frames, intends to introduce a couple of cloud-based digital frames, namely the nixplay Edge 8” and 13” WiFi Cloud Frames.

Nixplay offers a simple to use web app, allowing customers to access as well as create playlists of their photos straight from their devices as well as a slew of social media platforms that range from the likes of Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr and Picasa. Heck there are also additional services that are being planned at the moment. The moment the playlist is created, it will be able to instantly send that particular frame of your choice, or perhaps you can have the creation of different playlists which will then be sent to multiple frames, where they in turn can be connected from any location, providing users with additional control. Not only that, individuals will be able to send their photos straight from smartphones to just about anywhere the frames are located – regardless of the time of the day, and the photos will then appear there and then.

Good thing with all those stories about leaks and hacks of cloud services, privacy and security is a very important aspect, as users will then control their sharing capabilities and privacy preferences via a list of approved contacts who will then be able to send photos to the frame through email or via the Nixplay app, which is available on both iPhone and Android devices.

Some of the key features of these WiFi cloud-connected digital photo frames include a stunning resolution count – the 8” model has 1,024 x 768 pixels, while the 13” delivers Full HD goodness at 1920 x 1080 pixels, with an aspect ratio of 4:3 and 16:9, respectively. The asking price for the 8” Edge Series frame stands at $169.99 a pop, while the 13” Edge Series frame is going for $299.99.

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MeCam HD allows you to document life on the move Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:00:26 +0000 mecam-dragonYou know how it goes – life seems to be all too fleeting whenever you are having a good time, and when the bitter times arrive, it could end up feeling as though time has stopped, or is moving ever too slowly. Well, a certain Drew Martin thinks that there is a solution when it comes to documenting those fun moments in life without you having to actually make an effort and tape a video recorder to your forehead all the time. This is thanks to the MeCam, where it is touted to be a proprietary, mini hands-free wearable video camera. However, just like how all things end up being obsolete after a while, the MeCam, too, might have actually outlived its usefulness. This is why there is an improvement made to the MeCam, where the second generation is now known as the MeCam HD.

The MeCam HD will definitely be able to retain its extremely diminutive form factor, where it will tip the scales at a mere 2.5 ounces, while measuring a pocket friendly 2” × 2”. As its name suggests, the MeCam HD does more than just shooting in High Definition resolution, it is able to do so in Full HD – that would be 1080p for those of you who prefer to be more technical, capturing all of those moments of life in an impromptu manner thanks to its high-grade glass lens. Of course, I am quite sure that the name MeCam Full HD would not ring off the tongue as nicely as MeCam HD, so that’s that.

Each MeCam HD would arrive with a proprietary app that will hook up the device using Wi-Fi connectivity to any compatible smartphone or tablet. This would enable the user to view in real-time what they are recording, playback, and share content, all without the need to hook up to a computer. Apart from that, you can use it for video as well as photography purposes. What about movement, you ask? That is solved thanks to a 3-axis internal gyroscope which offers image stabilization whenever you are moving around. Some of the photo options include a simple one shot, three time burst options that allow you to capture a series of photos in quick succession, and three different time lapse options. The thing is, will the MeCam HD be able to meet its funding goal in time to become reality?

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LG Display sets another world record with 55″ Public Display Panel Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:00:41 +0000 When it comes to world records, some companies do chase after them in an effort to gain recognition. I would not classify LG Display as one of them, although it does not hurt that on occasion, LG Display does include a fair number of improvements to their releases that do take the cake at the top of the world. Case in point, their latest 55″ Public Display Panel that is also said to boast of the world’s narrowest bezel.

Just how narrow is it? You might want to take a seat first before getting the dimensions. This new public display panel will feature just a 5.3 mm gap (left/right: 3.4 mm, top/bottom: 1.9 mm) right between individual panels whenever they are placed alongside one another. Sounds like a dream, no? This would definitely provide advertising companies and firms who want to promote their stuff to put on display a generous 165″ multi-screen public display. At that kind of size, your eyes will catch seamless, life-like images without irritatingly fat bezel lines. I suspect that CES 2012 will have its fair share of such a setup, starting with the LG booth itself.

It goes without saying that the narrow bezel would pave the way for a more visible surface area, indirectly improving the viewing effect as well as visual cohesion which proved to be a rather critical aspect where multi-screen displays are concerned. LG Display threw in their Full HD panel for this particular Public Display Panel, boasting 800 nit of brightness with it. Apart from that, the panel also delivers vibrant colors as well as sharp contrast to make sure that it is far brighter and clearer in comparison to previous setups.

LG Display also knows that folks are more environmentally concerned these days, which is why they have also introduced additional energy efficient technologies into this setup which relies on Local Dimming Technology – and I must say it is impressive to hear that power consumption has been lowered to 40% that of current products without having to sacrifice on performance, now how about that for being green?
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Pix-Star digital picture frame Fri, 22 Jul 2011 14:00:33 +0000

Pix-Star is back with a spanking new digital picture frame for the masses, and just before you ask where were you all this while as you never heard of the name “Pix-Star” before, bear in mind that they pioneered the concept of “the frame with an email address”. They’re back with a spanking new model, which is the Pix-Star FotoConnect HD (PXT510WR02) – being the latest member of the Pix-Star FotoConnect family. It will sport a relatively large high-resolution 10.4″ LED LCD display with a 4:3 ratio, so forget about watching those widescreen movies on this.

This particular model will sport an 800 x 600 resolution, and as mentioned, the 4:3 aspect ratio isn’t good for movies, but it is perfect for digital camera photos – which was what it was created for in the first place anyways.

The FotoConnect HD has been slapped with a $189 price tag, where it is touted to deliver more features compared to its rivals in the market at the same price bracket. Using Wi-Fi connectivity, it is able to access the Internet – and for good reason, too, as it has an e-mail address of for itself so you can always snap a photo and e-mail to it directly without having to go through a computer.

To sweeten the deal, the e-mail address hosting is free – without any monthly fee to budget as well. Pix-Star is also proud to announce that this is the only Wi-Fi frame that sports a built-in email filter and spam blocker, preventing unsolicited pictures (from the mistress, in particular) to be sent to this family oriented digital picture frame.

The Pix-Star will also be able to access online albums from over 20 providers directly – among them include Picasa, Facebook, Smugmug, Shutterfly, FlickR, and MobileMe amongst others. It is also the first of its kind to support UPnP-DLNA, letting you display photos from a Mac, PC or compatible NAS server (UPnP) without the need to go through the hassle of an image transfer, now how about that?

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The Mini – Might get Someone to Use their Digital Picture Frame Fri, 08 Apr 2011 19:25:01 +0000

I don’t even like to cover digital frames anymore, I mean, everyone has one, and everyone has given at least two as a gift. I know I have, and three birthdays later, my mother in law is still begging me to set hers up, it seems like the people that would actually enjoy using a digital frame, are the least likely to be able to set it up easily…

Luckily, digital photo frame manufacturer Isabella Products, has launched a new product, the Isabella Mini.  This USB dongle makes regular digital frames and TVs wireless, and it’s users will be able to receive emailed photos direct to their screens from their contacts. Photos can be sent to the Mini from a phone (email or MMS), Internet, PC or even from online galleries like Photobucket.

The Mini also offers real-time sharing as you can receive photos of important memories from anyone, anywhere in real time, by way of the Mini’s 3G mobile broadband connection. So send out some invites to friends and family and allow them the opportunity to immediately begin sharing their photos right to Grandma’s Mini.

The Mini is ultra portable too, so gran just has to plug it in to a friend’s tv or a digital photo frame in order to bore them, I mean show them, pictures of her beautiful, wildly sucessful family.

Set up is so simple mom can do it alone, without 12 phone calls to you. Just plug it in and Mini is ready to receive photos from just about anywhere. No need to view photos from memory cards, when friends and family can email their photos directly to Grandma’s Mini… you know, the one she’s getting for THIS birthday.

The Mini will be available very soon on and will run about $99 bucks. Isabella also charges $79 a year for its VizitMe service, which will allow you to upload up to 1,450 photos a year and access AT&T’s network. The monthly plan costs about $6 and lets you upload 100 photos a month.



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Chumby Gets an Update – He’s Back and Better Than Ever Thu, 24 Mar 2011 03:20:04 +0000

We have certainly told you about Chumby before, and while I am a huge fan of what I have called a glorified alarm clock, it has always come up a bit short of spectacular. It’s a lot of fun, don’t get me wrong, but it could have been great. It just fell short of utilizing what it seemed like it had the capabilities of doing all along.

Well, it’s time to meet the Chumby 8, who is faster, bigger, stronger and does everything you wondered why your old Chumby didn’t! Of course you still get all of the same great Chumby content and features offered in past Chumby models with a whole bunch of new features, including an internet browser, easier setup, ready to play channels, free subscriptions, cool upload features, a scheduling service, videos and apps, new music sources including Napster and, wait for it… the battery back-up it needed all along!

Chumby can be your bedside companion or kitchen buddy, that will let you view your favorite stuff on the internet in a continuous streaming type format. Always on, always updated, you can check Facebook, sports scores, stock quotes, David Lettermans top 10 list and listen to your favorite tunes all without pressing a button. Wake up to birds chirping, followed by headline news and the weather. Just plug in your Chumby, connect to your network, and use your computer to create a lineup of favorites from over 1,500 apps in more than 30 categories, Then let your Chumby do its thing. I’m loving it.

Available April 5th 2011 for under $200.00 bucks from
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Parrot Digital Photoframe – NOW you actually want one Sat, 08 Jan 2011 04:01:42 +0000

Okay so let’s face it, a digital frame, is a digital frame, is a digital frame, and as you get your 3rd one, as a gift from your soon to be ex-boyfriend, you wonder why the screensaver slideshow on your computer wasn’t already good enough to put some of these guys out of business, but you smile, and put on your “oh I love it” face anyway…

Well, fresh from CES, Parrot just unveiled the DIA, the first digital photo frame that you really will be happy to receive. The DIA is less like an old digital frame and more like a movie screen that has a picture projected upon it.

The DIA’s LCD display is separate from it’s backlight, which gives your favorite photos a beautiful, designer friendly, transparent effect, very different from the digital frames of, well, just yesterday.

The frame itself is fairly plain, with its controls on the top and the SD card slot and USB ports on the side. Photos are added by USB, SD or alternatively, you can send photos to the frame wirelessly via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

DIA playfully provides some additional functionality by adding a few bells and whistles not seen before, with an unusual selection of preinstalled apps. Or you can consult the Frame Channel, and select your own apps. So, see your favorite pictures, check the news and weather, check the financial channel, Facebook, or just send pics directly to the frame with your iPhone. Yup, theres an app for that too.

The Parrot DIA probably wont be available until February, and we don’t know for how much, but something tells me I won’t be stacking 5 of them in my closet for next Christmas.

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Lexar to announce 128GB SD cards at CES Mon, 03 Jan 2011 21:27:40 +0000

SD Card capacity breaches 128GB with 133x write speeds

Wow. Seems like only yesterday I was posting the ground breaking announcement that the 16GB threshold had been breached in high capacity SD cards. Now, Lexar is poised to surpass that mark by nearly 10 times with an announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show of an SD card that is 128GB!

Using the SDXC standard (secure digital eXtended Capacity) which will eventually allow for up to 2TB of storage capacity, the 64GB and 128GB cards that Lexar is announcing will be aimed square at professional users and will also have a write speed rating of 133X, which translates to the ability to read and write data at 20MB/sec (my first hard drive was 20MB!).

And they are not stopping there. According to Cnet, the SDXC standard Lexar is pursuing will also have improved electrical contacts that will make transfer speeds three times as fast in the near future, nearly getting on pace with where compact flash cards are today.

This will be great for a market which has now firmly added HD video to still cameras and pocket camcorders, giving users far more storage and faster write times to keep up with those Kodak moments.

And the sky appears to be the limit.

Hat Tip – C’Net
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Epson PictureMate Show – Digital frame and a printer, all in one Thu, 02 Dec 2010 00:22:15 +0000

I still remember the days where you would have to wait until your photos were developed, the thrill of the perfect shot, or the disappointment of a whole roll, with no good pictures to speak of. You can guess that I am a big fan of digital, It’s wonderful to be aware of what you have, while you are still able to take another shot. However, there is a downside, the pictures are stored online, or on a disc, and seem to get squirreled away, forgotten. Until now.

The Epson PictureMate Show is the perfect desktop item that allows you to view your pictures on it’s built in digital photo frame, and when the mood strikes you, you can print them out, to have and to hold, or to give to Grandma.

This 2 in 1 unit can not only print lab quality photographs in full color, sepia or black and white, but you can edit your photos as well. Crop them, remove red-eye, select sizes and border styles and create a personalized slideshow with 12 different slideshow modes. Print directly from your camera or card, no computer required. It’s perfect for anyone in the family, weighs about five and a half pounds and at less then $200 it makes the perfect gift. Available at

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