Ceiva Revamps Digital Photo Frames

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Ceiva has updated its 7- and 8-inch Digital Photo Frames, designed to be living room—or, really, living space—picture frames which automatically rotate through users’ collections of digital photographs, thereby putting precious moments on display without forcing folks to have hundreds of prints made or purchase hundreds of picture frames to clutter their homes.

“As photo capture increases exponentially, consumers are looking for new methods for viewing and sharing images with ease-of-use functionality,” said Dean Schiller, Ceiva CEO, in a release. “We strive to stay ahead of the evolving personal photo experience by developing a digital photo frame that provides users with a simple way to display a constant stream of their personal images, while also staying connected with family and friends around the world.”

The 7-inch Ceiva frame offers 480 by 324 resolution, while the 8-inch offers 640 by 480 resolution and an interchangeable wood frame with black and wood bezels which let the frame sit comfortably in any decor. Both frames sport an onscreen menu system, two-button operation, programmable slideshow intervals, built-in memory card readers (which handles “most” memory card formats), plus the ability to lock or delete individual images from the frame. (Say, if you won’t want that hysterical picture of little Timmy tinkling on the back patio popping up during a family dinner.) Both frames can connect to home networks (by way of optional broadband or wireless adapters&mash;or via the phone via Ceiva’s PicturePlan service. PicturePlan enables subscribers to receive and display new photos every day; these can be photos you “send” yourself (from anywhere in the world) via Ceiva’s service, or from anyone you invite to share photos with you for free. While some technophiles pooh-pooh the idea of subscribing to a service just to send photos to an LCD display, the service has gotten nods as being a useful way to share digital photos with grandparents and others who might not have a personal computer or a lot of technological savvy, but who might appreciate a no-fuss stream of new images. Ceiva’s new frames come with three free months of PicturePlan.

Ceiva Digital Photo Framces start at $149.99, with PicturePlan service starting as low as $6.95 a month.

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