Live from CES: Photo Frames and More Photo Frames
Sure, I could write about the 11-inch Sony XEL-1 OLED TV that's 3 millimeters thin and looks so great people will actually happily pay $2,000 for it. You really have to see it to believe it. The LCD/plasma debate becomes meaningless in the face of such mind-blowing picture quality.
Or I could write about all the ways HDTV is going to be slung around the home sans wires. I counted no less than 7 different technologies vying for attention, and surely missed some. With so much jostling it will be a good long while before one emerges as a true standard, if ever. In the meantime we'll struggle along with our HDMI cables, thank you very much.
But as a camera and photo nut, what really caught my eye was the veritable torrent of digital picture frames, which have moved way beyond simple photo display to become web-connected media wonders. The latest Ality Pixxa lets you send photos for display on the 8-inch frame via an IM program, so you can be chatting with grandma and put a new pic of the grandkids on her frame while you're at it. Want your New York Times fix? Just add it to your RSS feeds and view it on the Pixxa screen, along with sports, weather, traffic and stock quotes. You can even keep your daily schedule on it, and sync with Google Calendar. No need for a computer.
Other interesting twists on the remote update theme came from Ceiva, which has a service that uploads pictures to the frame over a phone line, so grandma doesn't even need a computer, and from Kodak, which has a picture mail service that can update the photos on its Wi-Fi enabled photo frames. They are all great ways to share those photos languishing on your hard drive.