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Picture Frames Go High Tech

Boot Camp feature for Monday, February 14, 2000

Picture frames go high tech. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. It's only natural with all those digital cameras and scanners out there. Show those digital pictures off in a digital way. Sony was the first on the market with its CyberFrame. Pop in a memory stick with your digital photos....and there they are. The price is the big drawback....about 900 dollars. Now a company called Ceiva Logic is out with a 250 dollar digital frame that connects to the Internet. Ceiva co-founder Paul Yanover...

"Ceiva is, in appearance it's a traditional wood picture frame with a glass front, matte paper and a cardboard back. It's pretty much in every way a traditional picture frame as you know picture frames to have been for years, except this picture frame is actually a digital picture frame inside the wood."

You have to place it near an electrical outlet and a phone jack...

"And it collects its pictures via the Internet every night from your private account."

You can give access to your account to friends and relatives so their pictures will show up on the frame too. You can view them in slide shows or as single digital photos. There is a subscription fee of about three dollars a month...

"And it allows you to archive 250 pictures at the Web site itself, so in essence, you're able to create your own set of personal photo albums."

It's still pricey...and would be better with a wireless connection...but it is fun and easy. You can find more information at Ceiva.com.