Digital picture frame reminds that everything is turning into a PC

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It’s just an OEM design for the moment—the sort of thing Asian manufacturers create to show off their chops to entice better-known brands to partner up—but this digital picture frame from SilverPac is sort of hilariously overpowered, underlining yet again how everything is slowly but surely becoming a PC: it has Wi-Fi, instant message clients, and even a web browser. (It runs Windows CE.)

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4 Responses to Digital picture frame reminds that everything is turning into a PC

  1. zandar says:

    Actually, I hope this sort of gadget takes off, and its effects ripple beyond “picture frame” type thingys. I wish, for instance, that my favorite media player, which is already on steroids, also could be hung on the wall or propped on a built-in stand and came with a little dedicated remote. How freaking awesome would that be? I’ve just described what I want the future of home stereo components to be: small, amazingly functional, in view and remote controllable.

  2. Nadreck says:

    It’s like Dilbert says “You know you’re an Engineer when your toaster has 256 MB of RAM.” See also

    http://www.theonion.com/content/node/39109

  3. CeivaJoe says:

    GREAT INSIGHT!

    Engineers see the “screen” part of the frame and then think they need to design them full of gadgetry and technology.

    In reality, we have found at CEIVA.com, that people just want the frame to be a picture frame… that HAPPENS to show digital pictures.

    Yes, some functions can be built in. But the frames need not be stuffed full with other things for, as you pointed out, it is no longer picture frame but a small computer.

    They are forgetting that GREAT design advice… “Form follows function.”

    CeivaJoe

  4. Steve says:

    Reminds me of http://shop.o2.co.uk/joggler , which I saw and thought could actually be really good. I mean, I don’t think it will be (is?) but it could be. Totally different thing, purpose and concept but you can see the similarities.

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