The humble photo frame has come a long way in the last decade. It has been transformed from a cheap and easy gift idea for displaying a single cherished photo into a not so cheap and easy gift idea capable of displaying slideshows of a multitude of images, not to mention video, and the ability to connect to the Internet. We're now seeing touch interaction added to the digital photo frame's long list of technological trimmings and this new offering - the Intouch IT7150 wireless Internet frame - uses a full-touch capabilities to deliver a more user-friendly interface with expanded capabilities.

A digital photo frame with a touch-screen interface offers the ability to remove unsightly buttons and controls from the frame border. Photos can be flicked through at a swipe of a finger, while more complex tasks, such as setting up personalized RSS news feeds, can be accomplished with the use of the on-screen keyboard. And because the 7150 comes with a rechargeable battery that can power the device for up to 1.5 hours, it is easy to hand the device around without worrying about trailing wires.

Photos and other content can be uploaded to the frame’s 128MB internal memory from a PC via Wi-Fi or a USB connection, or stored on a memory card. Users can also access online photo galleries and other online content such as news, weather and social media through a partnership with FrameChannel – a free web-based tool that lets users select and manage content for their wireless picture frames, including content from Facebook, Flickr, Webshots and Picasa. Additionally, FrameChannel offers over 400 channels of news, weather, traffic and sports content that can be delivered directly to the frame.

The Intouch 7150 wireless Internet frame sports a 7-inch, 800 x 480 resolution, 16:9 TFT LCD display and is 802.11b/g Wi-Fi compatible. It also has 2 x 1W stereo speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack and is compatible with SD, CF, and MMC memory cards, as well as Memory Stick and XD-Picture Card Expandable memory. It is available now for an MSRP of US$230.

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