This gorgeous digital photo frame is better than any we’ve ever seen

There’s your standard, run-of-the-mill digital photo frames
Built by ex-Dreamworks employees, is a large digital photo frame for displaying photos, artwork, and even animated videos on your wall, all in much higher resolution and in a gorgeous form factor.
The prototype frames were on display earlier this week at an event for hardware startup accelerator Make in LA, where Matt was pitching investors on his company. He previously raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter.

“What we need is a unified solution that is easy, inexpensive, simple to use, and is social,” Matt said. “That’s what we’ve done with Shiningltd.”
There are some big differences between Shiningltd and your average digital frame, starting with its size. The usual frames are small, but Shiningltd is 22×14, which puts it in good company with other paintings that may be on the wall. It’s also wrapped in either a black or natural wood frame, and the display is subdued in a way that makes artwork look rich and normal, instead of digitized.

The best way I’d describe its display is that it’s similar to the difference between reading a book on an iPad versus reading one on a Kindle — which puts extra emphasis on making the pages of an ebook look exactly like a physical book.
But perhaps the coolest feature of the product are its wireless capabilities. It’s always connected to the Internet, where it can be programmed to automatically download your favorite works from artists on Deviant Art or Flickr, for example. Or you can set it up among family members to share photos across frames, perhaps even hundreds of miles apart.
It’s all easily controlled through a smartphone app, which allows users to quickly send photos, videos, and artwork to the frame with just a couple of clicks. It also has a low power mode, so you can schedule it to turn the display off at night.
Here’s one of how it looks to change photos (but keep in mind, this low resolution animated image doesn’t really do the display justice):
Waters, who was previously an animator at Dreamworks, emphasizes that his true goal with the frames is to allow artists like himself to make money selling art online in a new way.
These days, most artists need to sell and ship physical artwork to their fans, but we thinks his frames can serve as a much simpler method where fans can grab artwork they want quickly — with an iTunes-style revenue model that allows artists to keep 70% of the profits.
“The reason that we’re doing this isn’t to make money,” they told Tech Insider. “It’s just something we’re really passionate about.”
He said he was approached by a few investors after the event, along with a number of people who were interested in buying one.
Right now, the frames are undergoing a small beta testing phase — so most people can’t buy one yet.

Get Your Own Electronic Photo Frames

With the advancement of technology, everything is getting revolutionized. From pencils to books, everything is getting digital. So why should we leave our frames behind. Before the invention of digital cameras, the only way to display our family photos or vacation photos were by getting them printed and framed. But now that has changed with the invention of electronic photo frames. An electronic photo frame gives you the option of displaying your hundreds of photos on one single screen. You may say that why buy a digital photo frame when i can see the same images on my phone or desktop. But digital photo frames act as a blend between the old photo frames and your digital collection of photos on your device. It can be the perfect device for the old generation people who can’t handle the modern complicated devices. This enables them to easily access thousands of photos at the touch of a button

At the beginning, the digital wireless photo frames were pricey and not affordable for the middle class families, but now these devices has become extremely cheap and affordable. You can keep these frames anywhere in your house and voila! Now your guests can see what you did in your last summer vacation. These electronic photo frames are amazing in their quality, displaying crisp and clear photos of highest resolutions. You can view it from different angles but the quality remains the same.


Imagine! If you had to print and display a hundred photos. The cost and energy wasted behind it is too much. Plus you will have to replace it every year. You can save so much energy and time by simply buying a digital photo frame. Then you can display not hundred but thousands of photos. The size of digital photo frames differ, the most common size ranges from 7 inches to 15 inches. They support all types of image files and they display them in a slideshow format. You can choose the duration of each slide and also adjust the brightness and contrast as per your needs. There were some complaints in the older generation electronic photo frames like pictures appearing pixelated and oddly cropped or loading photos taking a huge amount of time. But all these problems have been attended and fixed in the newer generation of digital photo frames.

We have selected some of the best and durable digital photo frames out there in the market,  all these digital photo frames have been reviewed by experts and have been rated the best . Digital photo frames has really revolutionized the photography world, making it so easy for people to display their favourite moments with their loved ones in a highly professional manner which will impress everyone who sees it.

Big Budget Signature Displays

Cinema lobbies continue to one of the hotter environments for ambitious, big budget signature displays – with the latest evidence of that a 96-panel “StoryWall” at the ArcLight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks, California.

The beast is about 50-feet wide and 15-feet high, and runs a matrix of movie posters or full-wide visuals about a specific movie. The effort is a partnership with Cinema Scene Marketing and OUTFRONT Media, so presumably there may also be non-movie ad buys on the wall.


“ArcLight has always provided an unparalleled moviegoing experience for film lovers because ArcLight is more than just a place to see a movie, it’s an experience,” says Gretchen McCourt, Executive Vice President at ArcLight Cinemas. “Our poster wall has been a staple to the ArcLight experience and now, in working with Cinema Scene, we’ll be offering our guests an even more immersive and digitally visual experience with the debut of the ArcLight StoryWall.”

Cinema Scene provided the hardware and managed the installation for the StoryWall and will do ongoing content management, software service and technical support. The company is in the business of delivering studios’ promotional campaigns in moviehouses, running digital lobby advertising networks and providing digital signage solutions to the cinema market.


The big video wall, interestingly, is running off OUTFRONT Media’s own ON Smart Media software platform. A little weirdly, maybe, the company describes the set-up not as LCDs but  as an “ultra-slim (12.7 mm thick) ON Smart Liveboard that boasts a staggering 188 mega-pixel resolution at a pixel pitch of .55mm.”

Pixel pitch is now a common term for LED display walls – the tightest of them being .85mm (I think). Unless this is entirely new tech, I’m pretty sure these are just LCDs, and if it is LED, why the seams?

Personal Volumetric Display

Just when we were running out of things to throw our money at, along comes another product nobody asked for. Startup Looking Glass made a “personal volumetric display” called Volume that it says will let you see VR (really, 3D content) without a headset, so you can share such content with people around you. The display is also interactive so you can move things around either by swiping on the touch-sensitive screen, waving your hands in front of it or pairing up a gaming controller. The company claims it’s the world’s first affordable personal volumetric display. What’s more, such an outlandish device has an equally far-out price, should you want to buy it: Volume is now available for preorder for $999.

To be fair, this is a first-generation device that’s intended for early adopters or developers who wish to create content for such a canvas. And based on my brief experience with a preview unit earlier this year, Volume doesn’t seem ready for the general public. Although it delivered on its promise of providing holograph-esque 3D images that everyone in front of it could see, the graphics seemed faint, especially in brighter light.

Despite its resolution of more than two million 3D pixels, the projected pictures also seemed somewhat blurry. Don’t get me wrong — I thoroughly enjoyed myself playing a game where I had to move my hand in front of the Volume in tandem to the rhythm it played. But I still had a hard time seeing at least this iteration of the display taking off.

The company used a technology that it developed, called “lightfolding,” that projects millions of points of colored lights into a glass cube that measures 21.2 x 10.6 x 7.6 inches. The screen’s dimensions are 10.1 x 7.6 x 5.9 inches and it acts as a canvas for the light show. The projector is housed at the bottom of the unit. With an optional Leap Motion add-on, you can wave your hands in front of the screen to move objects around, or use the included touch sensitive panel.

Volume is integrated with Unity3D, so developers can more easily display their projects on the device. The company says it’s looking to release a range of plugins to support 2D creation tools as well. An app library will also be available with several free titles including 3D Etch-a-Sketch, Adobe Animate, Volume Paint, Volume Sculpt as well as Volumetric arcade games. It will also offer Holoflix, an iPad app that lets you record and playback volumetric videos.
Looking Glass emphasizes Volume’s ability to let groups of people “experience 3D content simultaneously without any additional accessories,” such as headsets. But glasses-free 3D TVs and projectors have already done that, and deliver superior image quality as well. The HoloFlex, a smartphone cover that’s a bit more similar to Volume, also suffers the same issue with resolution, although it uses different technology. These examples lack Volume’s capacity for touch interactivity at the moment, though, and also aren’t available for consumer purchase just yet.

I won’t deny that the idea of a personal holographic display is pretty cool and could be a great tool for collaborative work. But the idea that a $999 device is “affordable” is harder to repeat with a straight face. Looking Glass said its lightfolding technology reduces the cost of traditional volumetric displays nearly one-hundred-fold, which is impressive. But until the experience gets better in later-generation models, it’s difficult to see the typical consumer shelling out for Volume.

Busiest Highways Get Interactive At Travel Centre Stops

If you’ve even driven the 401 highway that runs up from Detroit through Toronto and almost to Montreal, you’ll have been thankful there’s a set of travel centres that provide the essentials to motoring: gas, coffee and clean restrooms. About 500,000 people a day pull in to these centres across the province.

There are 23 ONroute Service Centres on the 401 and the 400, which heads north to cottage country, and most of them now have shiny new three-sided interactive stations aimed to boost tourism and promote highway safety.


The remaining three (existing self service kiosks) will be replaced as construction is completed in each centre.

The kiosks contain new 65-inch digital screens which connect users directly with information and services such as: a direct link to travel website, it’s accommodation providers and attractions, and links that enable people to join the conversation on it’s social media channels as well as download the tourism-focused mobile app.

Two interactive games, ‘Top Traveler’ and ‘Memory Match’, based on it’s summer marketing campaign, make learning about many experiences, products and destinations fun and exciting. Since the new kiosks launched in mid-August, they have captured the attention of over 190,000 visitors to the ONroute Service Centres.

MTO offers various information options at the kiosks, including maps displaying real-time weather and traffic, and a valuable trip-planning tool that helps ensure timely, safe travel experiences.


A New Integrated Privacy Screen

Now you can watch all the adult content you want on the go. HP has designed a new integrated privacy screen in partnership with 3M to combat what the company calls “visual hacking.” In other words: creepers looking over your shoulder. The Sure View screen will be available on touchscreen versions of the company’s Elitebook 840 and 1040 laptops in September, and on nontouch ones in October. I got an early look at the new panels, which were mostly useful and effective.

Sure View eliminates the need to stick an additional privacy filter onto your screen, which can be cumbersome and annoying. Plus, privacy filters cost between $30 and $80 a pop, and if you damage or lose one, that can be a pricey replacement. So it’s easy to see why this implementation is a benefit.


HP also made it pretty easy to activate the privacy mode. You’ll just have to hit Fn + F2 to switch it on and off. This worked quickly and seamlessly when I saw it at an HP demo, and as I moved from side to side, the contents on the screen did get blacked out once I was at more than 10 degrees away.

While it’s easy to imagine this feature being used for sketchy media consumption in public places, Sure View actually has a lot of practical uses. It would probably be most helpful to business people dealing with sensitive financial information or updating classified presentations on the go.

Pricing is still being determined. On some higher-end configurations of the 840 and 1040 notebooks, which start at $1,249 and $1,449 respectively, the Sure View fee could be absorbed. The screen add-on could cost up to $75 in other setups. If you frequently deal with sensitive data in public, you might want to check out the new notebooks come September. In the meantime, you should really check out the pictures in the gallery of random people creeping on HP laptop users to know what you’re dealing with.

Best Way to Convert Cheap Android Tablet into Digital Photo Frame?

I recently acquired a cheap Astro Tab Android 5.1 tablet that I plan to use as a digital photo frame in my office. Now that I have the tablet, I’d like to:

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  1. Find a good place to get a custom wood frame for the tablet (so it stands up on my desk and looks like the other framed photos in my office). Any good sources? The frame would need to be deeper than a regular picture frame, and it would need to have room for the USB cable to connect to power the tablet. Alternatively, does anyone have any good instructions for making a custom frame along these lines yourself?
  2. Find the best Android app or combination of Android apps to do the following: i. Automatically sync (download only, no upload) photos from: (a) one or more specified folders in Google Drive, and (b) one or more albums in Google Photos. (The photos would need to be downloaded to an SD card due to limited internal storage.) ii. Display the photos in random order (and automatically add new photos to the list and cycle through them when they are downloaded — so I can just remotely add photos to my specified Google Drive folder or Google Photos album and have them picked up and displayed) iii. Allow a custom speed for cycling through the photos (preferably a slow speed, like one new photo every few minutes) iv. Automatically turn on/off on a specified schedule (i.e., automatically run from 7:30am – 6:00pm Mon-Fri but turn off the rest of the time). My preference would be to show the slideshow while the tablet is locked. v. Display date/time and weather info on the side of the photo. The tablet is widescreen, so I would envision showing photos on the left side in the space taken up by a stanard photo aspect ratio and then using the extra space to show date/time and weather info.

Digital Signage Goes To The Kitchen

Mat Meiers is so steeped in the digital signage business he has a slick interactive display up and running in his kitchen.

Mat Meiers, a company’s lead creative designer, designed a screen layout to display calendar events, grocery lists, to do lists and family photos in his Kansas City-area kitchen.

The display has four pages; a homepage, grocery list, to-do list and calendar- the staples for every household- all of which can be easily managed and viewed. When it is not being used, in what Rise calls rest mode, it runs a photo slide show.

“I wanted this page to be visually appealing to guests but still contain necessary information accessible at a glance without interacting,” says Meiers on the company blog. “The background of the home page is a family images. Overlaid on top is the current day’s forecast and any calendar event that might be going on that day. I wanted the navigation and transitions to be unobtrusive and take up little real estate giving the focus to the actual content.”

The navigation in the right hand corner directs to the calendar, to-do list and shopping list respectively. Meiers says he built the buttons in a similar style to Google’s Material Design, using a clip-path property to reveal content as the user transitions between pages.

I don’t see this sort if thing becoming a standard in home kitchens, but it’s nicely done in terms of design, and handy.

Have A Look At The Largest Outdoor LED Wall in South China

Massive LED billboards are by no means found only, these days, in world capitals and insane places like Las Vegas. This is a an 1,855 square metre LED wrapped around a building in the south China city of Shantou, up the coastline from Hong Kong (if that helps).

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Touted as the largest outdoor LED in south China, it’s on the Shantou Jiaxin Building, which is a set of leisure, entertainment, shopping and commerce serviced apartments.

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The board looks high rez, but is actually a 16 pixel pitch curtain wall That means it is semi-transparent, so the building windows are not totally blocked, and the vertically-hung strips are capable of handling the typhoons that come in off the South China Sea.

We wants you to enjoy a digital frame experience

I 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.

We 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, 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 – one has 1,024 x 768 pixels, the other delivers Full HD goodness at 1920 x 1080 pixels, with an aspect ratio of 4:3 and 16:9, respectively.