Casio “digital art” photo frame prototypes promise passive entertainment

Mar 15, 2010
Casio “digital art” photo frame prototypes promise passive entertainment

Casio aren't planning to follow Sony down the path of interactive digital photo frames - as Sony have done with their Dash, adding Chumby widget support - but instead see the devices as a passive form of entertainment.  In an interview with Tech-On!, Casio described their intent as turning the digital picture frame into the "third screen", one which can "sensitively adapt to the users' lives and environments."  They've also put together a prototype to show that passive doesn't have to mean passé.

That prototype replaces the power button with a presence sensor, turning on the display only when there are people around to enjoy it.  Meanwhile there's also a more complex image processing unit than you'd usually find in such a frame; that's because the Casio DPF can convert regular photos into painting-style artwork on-the-fly.

Meanwhile there's also WiFi connectivity and - despite the passivity premise - support for Flash Lite 3.0 widgets.  There's also talk of more advanced user-recognition systems, rather than solely presence, which could be used to automatically pull out images to display based on who is looking at the screen.  No word on when - or if - we can expect the prototype to reach production, nor for how much it might retail.

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