Pacific Digital Corporation announced today that the world’s first USB digital photo frame will be available this Christmas season. A brand new way to store and display digital photos, Pacific Digital’s MemoryFrameTM is a stand-alone, electronic “picture-frame” that requires no camera memory card, PC, printer, paper, ink or monthly
subscription fee. Users can easily and quickly transfer photos, on the spot, directly from a digital camera into MemoryFrame. Then they can immediately play them back – in a continuous slideshow of vibrant, high-resolution images – on MemoryFrame’s active-matrix screen. Small and lightweight, MemoryFrame allows users to access and display their digital photos anywhere, anytime. In addition, it can be mounted into a standard 5×7 wood picture frame to create a handsome photo display for home or office. The user can buy a frame to match their décor – and MemoryFrame is ready to be placed on a desk, shelf or wall.
“MemoryFrame is ideal for everyone who owns and uses a digital camera whether they have a PC or not,” said Robert Horton, Pacific Digital marketing director. “For the first time, digital photographers have an easy way to display a slideshow of 50+ photos, immediately after taking them – without a PC, printer or camera memory card. Because MemoryFrame is plug-and-play, and requires no other equipment, paper or ink, it is very cost effective to use.”
MemoryFrame’s potential applications — for consumer, business, government and other users — are virtually unlimited. For example, a family can photograph a vacation or special event and immediately share a slideshow with everyone there. A real estate agent can preview a house, photograph its rooms and features, and present a slideshow in the client’s home a few minutes later. A couple on a cruise can photograph the sights and share the photos back in their cabin.
Pacific Digital’s groundbreaking use of USB in MemoryFrame allows fast, easy transfer of images from virtually any digital camera. Then, with its easy-to-use on-screen menu system and multi-function control buttons, users can view “thumbnails” of digital-camera or memory-card contents, edit slide shows, select the time between image changes, add transition and display effects, delete images from slideshows and much more. They can also use the manual image-forward, pause and reverse buttons, and the adjustable contrast to control a slideshow. In addition, they can stand MemoryFrame vertically or horizontally. Then, they can use MemoryFrame’s software and on-screen menu system to rotate all the images to a vertical or horizontal position.
Although it doesn’t require a PC, MemoryFrame comes bundled with Digital PixMasterTM, Pacific Digital’s software for digital camera users who have PCs. Incredibly easy to use, Digital PixMaster allows a user to create professional-looking photo slideshows on a PC. The user simply chooses the pictures, the effects and the transitions – then they let Digital PixMaster do the rest. Digital PixMaster also offers useful features such as the ability to rotate photos, specify effects, and create/name/save unique slideshows on virtually any subject. Users can easily integrate photos from a digital camera with images from e-mail, the Internet, CDs or their WindowsTM “MyPictures” directory into a unique slideshow. Then, they can store the show on the PC and/or download it via USB to MemoryFrame. They can also upload a slideshow created in MemoryFrame to the PC for storage.
MemoryFrame features a bright, high-quality TFT active matrix LCD screen. The only product of its kind that is compatible with both USB cameras and USB readers for standard MemoryStickTM, CompactFlashTM and SmartMediaTM memory cards, MemoryFrame operates with the vast majority of digital cameras in use today. It comes with a bundled power supply and its Kensington lock-ready capability can keep MemoryFrame secure in business environments.
The MSRP for MemoryFrame will be $299, and it will be on retail shelves in October 2002.