At PMA 2007 in Las Vegas, the buzz was about accessories, accessories, and more accessories. With digital technology changing the photo-reproduction scene, photo enthusiasts have been inundated with new ways to present their images, and companies like Kodak, Pandigital, Smartparts, Digital Foci, and Fidelity Electronics, along with many others, have been shimmying to the shuffle for these convenient, easy-to-use, and ever-so-hip products. Albums and frames are becoming more colorful, more accommodating, and more digital each year. Here are some of the many items available on the market today that are feeding the sea of consumers looking for unique ways to present their pictures.
partsproducts.com) adds more of its genius to the digital picture frame market with the introduction of two 9x6.5-inch frames. Both are available in either an acrylic bezel or wood. The frames feature a 7-inch LCD and are compatible with common memory card formats.
Pandigital (www.pandigital.net) unveiled its 6-inch Digital Photo Frame, with a 6-in-1 memory card reader, internal memory, and USB host connectivity. The Pandigital 6-inch models also play back MPEG-1, MPEG-4, and AVI video clips, and have built-in speakers and a headphone jack.
Image Moments by Digital Foci (www.digitalfoci.com) is a chameleon when it comes to changing frames to match different décor, with its unique interchangeable frame design. Featuring an 8-inch, high-res color LCD, built-in support for memory cards, automatic photo slideshows, video and music playback, and brackets for easy wall-mounting, the new frame has all angles covered.
Kodak (www.kodak.com) announced four new Kodak EasyShare Digital Picture Frames that will play slideshows of your customers' favorite pictures and videos set to music. Available in 10- and 8-inch Wi-Fi and 8- and 7-inch standard versions, these frames boast true plug-and-play ease of use and a full menu of versatile features with an intuitive, multifunction remote control. Optional interchangeable faceplates mean the frames can fit right into any décor. The frames have 128MB of built-in memory, stereo speakers, and a headphone jack.
Ality premium-quality digital photo frames, introduced by Mustek (www.mustek.com), employ high-brightness LCDs ranging from 8- to 15-inches. Ality frames display and automatically rotate JPEG photos and MPEG videos stored on CompactFlash, SD/MMC, Memory Stick, and other popular memory cards. The frames also have internal memory and a built-in MP3 player/speaker system.
MyDigiframe.com, a division of MDF Trading, is the U.S. importer and distributor of 7-, 8-, and 10-inch digital picture frames and portable digital displays. Their line of frames, exhibited at PMA 2007, are versatile, allowing for both classic and contemporary designs. MDF's line of frames includes wood and acrylic designs.
Multitasking is easy with Fidelity
electronics.com) 10.4-inch Digital Picture Frame. Displaying digital pictures, music, and video, the new frame can stand or hang on a wall in either portrait or landscape configuration. The built-in memory card reader eliminates the need for a computer, camera, or internet connection.
ClickFrames (www.clickframes.com) cuts out the middle man with their all-in-one-kit. Creating 5x7 free-standing photo frames, ClickFrames' all-in-one-kit is compact and easy to use. Featuring software with one-click formatting makes it simple to enhance photos with dynamic frame combination, color, clipart, wording, and more. The premium inkjet templates fold together in seconds. ClickFrames stands upright on the desk or fold to fit envelopes, making for convenient display.
With a new take on the "snapshot envelope" that you fill with your customer's 4x6's, Concord Camera Corp.'s (www.concord-camera.com) new Frame & Store Decorative Photo Frame makes it easy to store and change multiple images. Available in an array of colors such as Piano Black, Star White, Burgundy Red, and Metallic Silver, the Lock & Load frame includes a flexible stand design that swivels 360 degrees to instantly change the frame orientation from horizontal to vertical. And there's room to place negatives or a CD/DVD.
When looking for a scrapbook frame that can accentuate any home décor, or one that can dress a store display, look no further than Picture It (www.scrapbookframe.com), which provides versatile store displays and home décor items. Picture It offers clear acrylic frames, adapters for slat, grid, and peg walls, and paper Rack Toppers (24x12, 12x12) for retailers. Hanging frames, free-standing frames (12x12, 8x8), and fun-shaped frames are just some of the many items available to picture enthusiasts that want to design their home with their personal pictures in mind.
Graphic Image (www.graphicimage.com) introduced their new collection of Studio Frames in exotic leathers, including Genuine Python and American Alligator, Morocco Goatskin, and French Calfskin. Frames are available to fit photo sizes 4x4, 4x6, 5x7, and 8x10.
Pioneer Photo Albums (www.pioneerphotoalbums.com) introduced their line of pint-size albums, fittingly named Expressions Sewn Mini Albums. Featuring a magnetic strap and embroidered expressions such as "friends," "family," "travel," "love," "photos," and "memories," these albums add a personal touch to every book. Designed with clear pockets and a black mesh background, each album holds 36 photos up to 4X6 and is photo-safe (acid- and PVC-emission-free). The albums are available in the following styles: "Photos" Sage, "Friends" Lavender, "Family" Burgundy, "Memories" Black, "Love" Pink, "Travel" Brown, "Photos" Black, "Friends" Dark Pink, "Family" Soft Blue, "Memories" Blue, "Love" Red, and "Travel" Aqua.