March 14, 2008 As the popularity of digital photo frames grows, so does the shapes, sizes and specific applications of the products on offer. The latest example comes from Pandigital, which has taken things to a new level with a frame that incorporates HDTV and a digital cookbook for the ultimate kitchen companion.

The new Pandigital Kitchen HDTV/Digital Cookbook/Digital Photo Frame allows customers to not only enjoy digital images in their kitchen, but also lets them watch TV and access recipes on a 15-inch LCD screen. The High Definition TV offers 1280x720 HD-ready resolution and allows users to watch their favorite cooking shows and other TV programming in the kitchen. It supports ATSC/NTSC, composite, S-Video, YPbPr and HDMI. The Digital Cookbook has pre-loaded recipes ready to use and the option for additional recipes to be copied onto the frame’s internal memory.

As the hub of the home, the kitchen can be a messy place and this device was designed with that in mind. It features a mess-proof exterior sealed with glass, so the components are protected from spills and splatters. The easy to clean device comes with a countertop stand, an under-cabinet mount and is also wall-mountable. Interchangeable faceplates in brushed stainless, black and white let you customized the look to match your kitchen. Access to all of the functions is available using a simple touch-control interface or the remote control.

The 512MB of internal memory stores up to 3,200 pages of recipes or digital photos and a calendar and clock function allows photos, video and music to be programmed for play at specific dates and times. You can even program an alarm to remind you to watch a favorite cooking show or take that cake out of the oven. An integrated 6-in-1 media reader supports SD, XD, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro/Memory Stick Duo, Compact Flash and MultiMediaCard. It also supports a wide range of image, video and audio formats including JPEG, Motion JPEG, MPEG 1, MPEG 4 and AVI. The Pandigital Kitchen HDTV/Digital Cookbook/Digital Photo Frame will be available from June and retail for USD$399.99.