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Digital Picture Frames Go Wireless

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Digital picture frames go wireless. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Most digital picture frames on the market have slots for memory cards that are used for storing images. Some new models coming to market add wireless capability. Kodak will have frames that use a typical wireless home network….to display pictures that are stored on a PC. Parrot…a Paris based company that makes a variety of Bluetooth devices…is using that technology in a new 7 inch Photo Viewer. Company president Ed Valdez….says the frame can connect to a PC or to a camera equipped mobile phone…

"That allows you to within seconds, take a picture with your camera phone and transmit that to that digital photo frame. And of course, we've added a touch of French style with the design…leather bound or hardwood bound on the photo frame."

The Photo Viewer can store and display over five hundred pictures and sells for about 240 dollars. A 3 and a half inch frame goes for 170. Also new in Parrot's line is a completely wireless conference phone…

"Which is literally an office speakerphone product, which is the only one in the world that combines three functions. You're able to make a Bluetooth cell phone call on the Parrot Conference, or a landline conference call via Bluetooth, because we have an adaptor base for your office phone. Or Skype calls because we have now licensed Skype and integrated the menus all on the Parrot Conference phone."

It will go on sale in the next few months for about three hundred dollars. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.