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Electric Objects’ EO1 Hopes to Revitalize the Digital Photo Frame

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Digital photo frames never really gained the attention of the masses. Due to issues like sub-par hardware and complicated, proprietary software, the photo frame of the digital age never quite took off.

But one company is looking to change that. That company is called Electric Objects, and their answer is the EO1: a 23-inch 1080p IPS smart-display wrapped up in a minimalistic package.

Beyond the impressive 1920 x 1080 display, the device also packs in a small Android-powered 1GHz processor that is joined by three dedicated graphics accelerators, 1GB of RAM and 2GB of flash storage. For connections, the device uses the industry standard bluetooth and WiFi.

As for the work that gets displayed on the screen, there are a number of options. The first of those is to use your own work, which can be put onto the frame through using of the company’s web app and/or a dedicated application.

Another option is to use one of the many resources they’re providing off the bat. Electric Objects has partnered with a number of content-curators, including the New York Public Library, Behance, Giphy, Museum of the Moving Image, to.be, Digg and many more to come.

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Being a smart-frame of sorts, the EO1 will eventually allow for the use of outside parameters to affect what is being displayed on the screen.

For example, if the weather outside is a bit dreary, the device will automatically choose a collection of more monochrome, cool-toned images. If it’s sunny, the device would know to display more vibrant images. And that’s only one of the many parameters that could be used.

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All of this technology packed into a beautiful package is going to cost, though. Pledges start at $300 to secure just one of these through Kickstarter, and the MSRP is set to be approximately $500.

Far from cheap, that’s for sure. But, for those who don’t want to tinker around with a frame, display and Arduino computer themselves, this is the most beautiful and efficient option we’ve seen.

To read more about the frame/display, or if you’d like to secure one for yourself, check out Electric Objects’s website or head on over to the Kickstarter campaign.

(via PopPhoto)


 
  • http://carlosdavid.ca Carlos David

    or you can buy a 1080 TV for less. Most have a USB port and a slider show app. ;-)

  • carlhancock

    $299 isn’t bad for the size and you are forgetting that a standard TV isn’t going to be designed to utilized this way. It’s going to consume more power, run a lot warmer, etc. There are definitely advantages to a display designed specifically for this use. Especially if you plan on arranging them side by side.

  • krugorg

    So this is the digital frame for smartphone photographers that take everything in portrait orientation?

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    It would be kind of stupid to not be able to run it in horizontal mode. That being said, 80% of my photos are of people, so I tend to shoot in portrait mode.

  • EMKOEMKO

    these kickstarter videos are so cheesy why not just show and explain the product without all these dumb cheesy explanations why there product is something sooo amazing lol.

  • Glenn F

    i’ve watched the video , and still have no idea what this is… lol

  • Samcornwell

    If you have to plug it in or add batteries, it won’t take off.

  • Chris

    I can understand there’s a group of people who likes this idea. I respect that. But I personally see this a step backwards. 1. Artworks should be exclusive and real 2. It’s both good to invest in art and to support talented artists. 3. What artists share artworks online that has enough resolution to fit these frames/displays?

  • geodesigner

    The idea is nice, but I think the 16:9 aspect ratio sucks. It’s just too widescreen for 3:2, and I bet 4:3 and 5:4 will look terrible on it. Better for videographers than for photographers…

  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    most likely it has a “fill screen” option like desktop displays and laptops do. crops a little but no big deal if you’re using high resolution images.

  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    I’m sure someone said that about digital cameras at one point

  • Samcornwell

    Touché.

  • Chris

    Digital cameras can also produce actual prints. Doesn’t need to be stored in a camera or computer.

  • geodesigner

    Granted, but it would still be an arbitrary crop of one’s work. Maybe not a big deal for art specifically designed for this thing, but it could kill off media intended for other specific aspect ratio.

    *Every single image* shot by Henri Cartier-Bresson is 3:2. *Every single image* shot by Ansel adams is either 4:5 or 1:1. Imagine these works cropped for this screen. Heck, even the Mona Lisa would look awkwardly cropped on it.

    Anyway, I just realized that this device will not support landscape orientation, which is a true dealbreaker. It will just appeal for hipsters who will hang it on their flats’ walls next to an ironic vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon sign, receiving spoon-fed content produced exclusively for the EO by the latest hottest artist in town.

  • Josh Henderson

    I’d have a matting option. There’s no reason every photo has to fill the frame.

    I agree that no landscape orientation is a deal breaker.

  • Aezreth

    Ugh, does everything have to be a digital device nowadays? Just make (or buy) a nice print instead, it’s going to look better, be less harmful to the environment, and not annoy you by emitting light all the time.

  • artists in berwyn

    what about copyrights?

  • Robu

    Because it’s an advertisement, they are showing the product and saying why it stands out.. And that’s a lot better than most videos out there

  • Robu

    Hence why they are not standard screens, they are calibrated specifically for this one task. Unlike a monitor which has to be calibrated and balanced around a multitude of work flow

  • Robu

    Most electronics can be recycled, they are harmful to the environment (like anything) if the owner chooses to throw it in a garbage can instead of having it responsibly recycled. That’s the consumers fault, not the manufacturers. And the fun fact about electronics, they can be turned off.. It’s also not going to be some incredibly bright light and not suited for every single scenario

  • Brett

    1920×1080 is impressive? maybe 5 years ago. but that is standard. Honestly a photo frame I think should have much higher pixel density.

  • AliNoorani

    hmmm, just for the record, how is this really different from digital frames again?

    What is soooo inventive, innovative and artistic about changing a photo on a digital screen??? Is this the 90s? Who likes a screen on their wall showing a photo! ugh

  • EMKOEMKO

    just take a picture frame find a cheap android tablet or a unused one stick that in with some slideshow app make small hole for the charger cable and your done.

  • http://www.weathermon.com Vin Weathermon

    A piece of art has the ability to appreciate over time. This won’t…but I like the idea for photography displays.

  • dan110024

    Here’s hoping they release more standard photo frame ratios. I almost jumped on the “not another electronic photo frame” bandwagon, but if this is as good as it looks in their video, then it could be a winner.

  • Aezreth

    You are conveniently forgetting there is a massive harm to the environment in the actual manufacturing process of electronics and the extraction of the raw materials needed. We all have to stop over-consuming these unnecessary gadgets and stupid crap we don’t actually need. Infinite consumption and greed on a finite planet is a recipe for disaster, it’s as simple as that.

  • Chris Everett

    i think it is a fantastic idea!

  • AC

    Its time for people to get away from thinking displays have to be sitting on a wall or desk in landscape format. I’d say at least >80% of images on Tumblr are portrait. Our phones take photos in portrait.