Digital photo frames have been around for quite a few years now. However, Memento says that its new Smart Frame provides "never seen before" quality. The 4K ultra high-definition frame reportedly gives the illusion that the photos displayed are actually high-quality prints.
Where the Depict Frame we covered earlier this month and the new Smart Frame both display images at 4K resolution, the former is primarily for downloading and displaying artworks while the latter is designed for showing off digital photos.
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The Smart Frame has a tasteful black frame with a white mount. It displays photos at a resolution of 3,240 x 2,160 and with over 1 billion colors. The frame uses a light sensor to automatically adjust its brightness based on the ambient room lighting and turns itself off when it detects that the lights have been switched off.
Users can store up to 3,000 images on the frame's internal storage and can control it over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth with an accompanying app that's available for Android, iOS, PC or Mac. Using the app, it's also possible to select photographs for the Smart Frame to display from those saved on a smartphone, tablet or PC, and it offers resizing and cropping functionalities and personalization settings.
Images are displayed with a 3:2 aspect ratio, in one of two sizes. There's a 30 x 23-in (76.2 x 58.4-cm) frame-size, which displays images that are 25 in (63.5 cm) diagonally, and there's a 41 x 31-in (104.1 x 78.7-cm) frame-size for 35-in (88.9-cm) image display.
The frame does require mains power, but is supplied with a 15-ft (4.6-m) long, paper-thin power cable that can be applied flat to a wall and then painted over so as to be relatively unnoticeable. It can be cut to length as required, and folded over in the event that it needs to turn a corner.
A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign is underway for the Smart Frame. At the time of writing, backers will need to pledge from CAD$660 (US$499) for one frame. Assuming all goes to plan with the campaign and roll-out, shipping is expected to start in February 2016.
The video below is the Kickstarter pitch for the Smart Frame.