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Digital Frames Go Wireless

Boot Camp feature for Friday, December 21, 2007

Digital frames go wireless. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Digital picture frames have gone mainstream in a big way during this holiday season. Prices have been all over the map…ranging from 59 dollars…to several hundred dollars…depending upon the size of the screen, add on features and quality. It's best to take a good look at a frame when it is turned on…before purchasing. Among the new features worth considering….is WiFi connectivity. Kodak is building that capability into some of its Easyshare models. And i-Mate has the Momento. VP Nicole Buchanan says it can display SideShow information from Windows Vista PCs….display photos stored on your network….and…

"Utilizing our free Momento Live service really allows users to upload pictures from a computer, stream pictures from online photo galleries. For consumers that already have established public photo galleries like Flickr or Photobucket, where they've already established a relationship with those companies and have public galleries, our free Momento Live service will allow you to stream those pictures directly to your frame."

You'll need a wireless router at home…but i-Mate has dropped plans to charge a subscription fee for the streaming service. A seven inch frame is priced at about 180 dollars. A ten inch version is a hundred dollars more. One of the neat things you can do is buy one for a friend or family memory …and even if they are half a world away…you can instantly send pictures to the frame…as long as it's connected to the Internet. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.