Lifestyle Gadget : e-Starling 2.0 Digital Wi-Fi Photo Frame

Once upon a time, around the time that Fox Talbot was developing his first set of reprints, the photographic frame was born. Nothing too innovative about it, you might think. Indeed. For it was a straightforward evolution of the frames that had adorned the oil paintings and assorted objets d'art in the National Gallery for generations. And so the humble photo frame remained for 150 years. Until now.

Digital photography and the emergence of low cost LCD displays has enabled a quantum leap in the design and functionality of the photo frame. But its short digital life has been hindered by the need to transfer images manually; by memory card, USB stick or cable. No longer - for the glory that is WiFi technology has given us a digital photo frame replete with its own IP address.

Now one can send digital photos to this sleek, black photo frame from wherever one is in the world. Simply add the frame to one's local wireless network, squirt one's JPEG images to its unique email address - and the frame takes care of the rest, adding the newly received images to its existing bank of stored photos. A triumph in thinking that would have outfoxed Fox Talbot himself. Remarkable.

And, after all that wireless palaver, should one wish to actually transfer the images using old-fashioned manual techniques, no fewer than four different flavours of memory card may be deployed. But why one would want to is quite beyond us.

Features:

  1. Connects to Wireless 802.11 b/g Network. WEP or WPA Encryption Supported.
  2. Direct Photo Emailing to Frame - Each frame has its own unique email address so that photos can be received from computers or mobile phones. A built-in email filter protects against unwanted photos. No setup is required for senders to send photos to the frame.
  3. Photobucket Integration - Millions of users who have stored their photos with Photobucket can send photos directly from their Photobucket accounts to eStarling.
  4. Group Frames - Users can set up a single email address that corresponds to multiple frames so that photos can be easily shared and displayed on those frames.
  5. Community Photo RSS - The eStarling frame supports all major RSS photo feeds, including Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket, AOL, Smugmug, iPhoto, Gallery, and more. Users can recommend and share their favorite RSS photo feed among the eStarling community.
  6. Smart Photo Play List - Users can choose photos to be displayed on an eStarling frame on specified dates, such as displaying selected photos on a user's birthday or anniversary.
  7. Email Photos from Frame - A one-touch button allows users to send photos directly from their frames to a Web account and the email accounts of their family and friends.
  8. Text Messaging to Frame - Short messages can be sent directly to eStarling frames from a user's Seeframe Live account, or from authorized email accounts and cell phones.
  9. Dual Use Mode - If no Wi-Fi connection is available, the eStarling frame can operate as a stand-alone digital photo frame.
  10. Auto Power Saving - The eStarling frame can be programmed to turn-off automatically at night in order to save power and protect the screen.
Functional Specification:
  1. eStarling 7" Widescreen features widescreen aspect ratio (480 x 270 resolution).
  2. eStarling 8" Hi-Res 4:3 features standard photo aspect ratio and (800 x 600 resolution)
  3. Innoloux panel used to ensure highest level of clarity
  4. Black Piano Finish
  5. Memory Size: On-board FLASH memory 128M
  6. Wi-Fi 802.11b/g with Support for WEP encryption
  7. MMC/SD/MS/CF 4in1 card slot
  8. Views JPEG files
  9. External 120V/240V AC Adapter
Specification
  1. Dimensions: Height: 17.5cm Width: 22.0cm Depth: 3.0cm
  2. Weight: 1.25Kg


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