revolution has spawned change in most every facet of our lives. Among the most revolutionary have been changes
in photography. Taking, printing, sharing
and displaying our favorite pictures is nothing like it was in the days of
developing film and waiting to see if we really did catch that one-in-a-million
with friends and family no longer requires making and mailing actual prints. Digital copies emailed or shared on one of
several free online photo sharing websites allows for instantaneous and
virtually free distribution. Keeping
track of the individual digital photos and displaying them is still somewhat of
a hassle especially if you are not computer savvy.
I recently had
the chance to use an electronic picture frame that takes the hassle out of
sharing photos. The frame and technology
was developed by a French company and is marketed in the USA under the name PixStar.
While electronic picture frames have
been around for several years most require the user to transfer the photos from
a computer, tablet or phone to the frame.
This task was at best tedious for the computer aficionado and downright
mystifying for less technology prone.
The Pixstar frame makes it a breeze.
Each frame is provided a unique email address. When you have a picture that you want to be
displayed on your frame you just email it to that address.
Once you set it
up you can provide your frame’s address to anyone you want to be able to share
pictures with you. When they have a
picture for you they just email it to your frame and the picture gets displayed
in the rotating queue along with all your other pictures. This is all done
settings that allow you to preview incoming photos before they get added to
your library. You can set up a list of
people you wish to share photos with. So
if you get a great vacation shot from one of your children you can send it from
your frame to others in your family.
frame requires wifi and an internet connection.
Once purchased for about $150.00 there are no other charges for the
service. Set up was easy and once
completed, the frame worked with no user intervention. It even resets itself after a power or
The Pixstar uses
very powerful technology but requires the user to have little or no technical
or computer knowledge. I noticed that it was out of stock at many retailers due
to holiday demand but a search on line in early January at Amazone.com or
Pic-star.com should provide a way to get one soon.
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