Kodak: don't take my photo frame away

Everyone seems to have some use for picture frames these days. Motorola is toying with the idea of using a picture frame as a femtocell antenna (see article) and Kodak, which has to find something to do now that photos have gone digital, has introduced a wireless picture frame that goes well beyond surrounding a photograph.

The new frame, for the technologically curious, uses Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology to generate greater color and depth and saturation than other displays-or so the company claims. For the less technologically savvy, the frame features built in WiFi technology so users can access pictures, videos and music stored on PCs in other rooms as well as connect to online photo and video sharing sites and Internet content portals.

Obviously, this new 7.6-inch diagonal digital panel not what Paul Simon envisioned when he crooned "mama don't take my Kodachrome away." But then neither Simon nor Kodak envisioned a day when digital photos could be combined with an audio system to form a home entertainment center and make it even easier to bore family and friends with vacation photos.

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