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Famatic connects generations through digital picture frame

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The Famatic digital picture frame lets you share your images with those who don't have smart devices and Facebook or Instagram accounts.  

People are taking more pictures than ever before and many of them are posted on Facebook, Instagram and other social networks. However, not everybody has access to those digital platforms and with only a very small proportion of photos made into prints, the less tech-savvy or connected may be missing out.

A new Kickstarter project is aiming to make digital images more accessible to those without social media accounts. Famatic is a picture frame that connects to Facebook and Instagram - or you can email pictures as well. The idea is to place Famatic on your parents' or grandparents' mantelpiece and send them images of their grandkids and family events straight to the frame. 

The picture recipients can comment on images and take the frame off its cradle to use it like a tablet, albeit with a much simpler user interface. With the current prototype, images can be shared via Facebook and Instagram but the developers are working on Picasa, Flickr and other integrations as well. Alternatively you can email an image to the frame or use the Famatic web app. The system can be configured to share all your images on Famatic or you can filter via hashtags or private albums. 

In terms of hardware the frame offers an 8-inch IPS screen with 1024 x 768 pixels and the specification of a mid-level Android tablet. The speakers and a built-in camera are not being used at this stage in the development process but have been installed to future-proof the device. 

Famatic sounds like a good idea to share images for those without social media accounts or smart devices. Just keep in mind that a Wi-Fi connection is still needed to use it. The first 100 backers can secure a Famatic for $169, after that it'll be $189. Watch the video below to decide if you want to buy one for your parents or grandparents and head over to the Famatic Kickstarter page for more info and backing options.

Source: Kickstarter


  

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Total comments: 24
GaryPageau
By GaryPageau (5 months ago)

Seriously, connected digital frames have been around for about five years. Look up Ceiva, Digital Spectrum, Pandigital, etc. Even Kodak had one. Not sure this Kickstarter is going to break new ground.

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Suntan
By Suntan (5 months ago)

Agreed. I have been sending pictures of our kids to both sets of grandparents via Kodak Pulse picture frames for a number of years now.

-Suntan

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PourDemos
By PourDemos (5 months ago)

I agree with keeponkeepingon : tons of similar (useless) devices already exist!

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (5 months ago)

Normally I think of a good kickstarter as one that creates something new that we would not have in any other way. This kickstarter is just trying to create an also-ran "me to" product that does the same things that others do or have done in the past.

An example is the Pix Star frame. It's the same price, much bigger (10 inches) and has the same or better capabilities. You can email directly to the frame or have the frame itself "Access more than 20 online providers and view pictures from web albums, including Picasa, Facebook, Flickr, Smugmug, and more"

Not mentioning current or past iterations of this same technology really gives the impression that this is just a big fat advertisement (or just very lazy journalism).

Regarding wireless, in our case my folks ISP had already provided a wireless router that they were not even using. We just had to put in the password and they were up and running.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056HNTAU/

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (5 months ago)

Seems to me that a little too much infra structure (Internet Access, WiFi access, account setup, etc ..) is needed before the elderly parents get the images of their grandchildren on that device. This infra structure also has to be maintained. I assume there will be some phone calls from the elderly parents now and then, when the frame no longer shows any new pictures.

I do not say the product is a bad idea. But ... I assume it is more useful for those that already use social media. A frame showing pictures from friends could be fun to have somewhere in your house.

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dr8
By dr8 (5 months ago)

I got my kid a Toshiba media frame for $80 about 8 years ago that connects wifi , has touchscreen, USB & SD input, is video capable, and when not displaying video or photo's (with mp3 audio accompaniment) is a clock and calendar. Don't these folks do market research before they build "the next big thing"?

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SKPhoto12
By SKPhoto12 (5 months ago)

This product was first put on the market almost ten years ago. Who was the producer? A company called Kodak! This is old news! Lots of grandparents receive pics directly to their frame already!

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WilliamJ
By WilliamJ (5 months ago)

Right ! I was even about to buy it for my parents when the company began to collapse, which led me to wait-and-see. Alas, we have seen what happened to our dear Kodak.

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Impulses
By Impulses (5 months ago)

Sounds like a Chromebook with 100MB of free internet a month (are those deals still around? Tmo had a similar one too) is a far more ideal solution, wouldn't be hard to recreate the push/software aspect with other apps. These guys should've skipped the hardware phase and focused on a simplified app that people could use with old tablets or Chromebooks, etc.

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joejack951
By joejack951 (5 months ago)

No Wifi necessary, just a phone line: http://www.ceiva.com/index.jsp

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Cane
By Cane (5 months ago)

Sure, I'll just ask my elderly mother for her IP address to set it up.

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Leiduowen
By Leiduowen (5 months ago)

Some time ago I bought a Pix-Star frame for my mom with the same idea in mind - help her keep in touch with her sons and daughters spread around the world via photo sharing. Except for resolution it seems to me a better product than this Famatic, esp. with much better remote control via the internet: https://www.pix-star.com/products/

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leno
By leno (5 months ago)

I thought great just the thing for my mum but it needs wifi. Is anybody who does not use socal media going to have wifi at home?

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rrr_hhh
By rrr_hhh (5 months ago)

Right,
The critical point is WIFI..
I have already thought about offering an olding tablet to my mother, exactly to that effect, but stumbled on the need of a WIFI connection, a modem and a monthly internet service provider subscription, which isn't that cheap here, especially for retired persons.
NB : a tablet is already a photo frame...

BTW, I would have liked to learn more about the receiving side than about the sender side.

After all what would perhaps make it a selling product is the receiver side, not the sender side.. We already know that we can easily share our pictures over the net.

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mpix345
By mpix345 (5 months ago)

Totally agree about wifi. If the target consumer for this already has wifi you can assume they have a tablet or computer of some kind, so setting up a FB account would be free and easy.

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Suntan
By Suntan (5 months ago)

In a word, yes.

Both my parents and my in-laws have broadband. After that, it only took me a half hour to install a $20 wifi router and Kodak Pulse picture frame.

Even years later they comment how much they enjoy finding new pictures pop up on the frames.

-Suntan

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ianp5a
By ianp5a (5 months ago)

5 years ago my 10" Kodak digital picture frame (with Wifi) did that. Without needing any Social Networking account. I was sending pictures from my "pre-smartphone" home back then.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

yes, but I think in this case the social networking is the whole point. People share their images on FB anyway but grandparents can't see them because they have no FB. This is where the frame comes in.

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David Fell
By David Fell (5 months ago)

Is this just an Android tablet with the slideshow (Galley app) feature? I have a Sony Tablet S, when dropped into the cradle it goes into slideshow mode, so what is different about this product?

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

the OS is based on Android but it is a much simplified OS. Also, the direct sharing and other essential functions are all pre-configured. You might be able to do something similar with a standard Android tablet and the right apps but this is targeted at people who do not even know what Android is.

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leno
By leno (5 months ago)

If they do not know what android, and I get your point completely, are they going to have wifi. I can't see this flying in the UK.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

Agree, the target group are unlikely to have WiFi in their home. So if you give one to your parents, make sure you buy them a Wi-Fi subscription as well.

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fz750
By fz750 (5 months ago)

There are loads of people who, despite using email and the internet , detest the very idea of FB and refuse to entertain social media for a whole number of reasons and for whom this would be great.

My mother for example :-)

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (5 months ago)

@Lars - a WiFi subscription? What is that?

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