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You loved wearing it out in public all those years, but deep down you new your favourite t-shirt -- with its ironic catchphrase/humorous illustration/retro faded corporate logo -- would not last forever. Instead of demoting it to rag duty, you can immortalise it forever in this t-shirt-shaped T-Frame.
There's something moody and wonderful about time-lapses we can't get enough of. They're simple, beautiful and transfixing. Now there's an app that allows you to easily create both time-lapses and stop-motion videos without the chore of stringing together images in iMovie. You pick the content, it deals with the rest.
Digital photo frames are a dime a dozen. Big brands battle with small Chinese companies to try and capture a market that is generally more trouble than it's worth. But the DIA from Parrot, designed with Jean-Louis Frechin from nodesign, is easily the most visually stunning and attractive digital photo frame ever built.
Kodak's Quick Touch photo frames don't quite go all the way on being touchscreen, though they're spinning that as a plus, since you don't leave grimy fingerprints on your screen. Instead, the border itself is a touchpad, so you can scroll through pics with swipes of your finger.
Here's a scary simple way to bug a room for $280. The GSM Bug Frame is an innocent looking accessory that features a microphone and built-in GSM phone. With batteries lasting two weeks on standby, you can call its number any time to eavesdrop for your surely innocent intentions. While a completely silent, one-way call may be stealthy-delicious to you right now, trust us, that missing built in speaker will only make your silent shouts all the more painful as you hear confirmation of why your mailman always gets a hand-knit sweater for Christmas.
Mustek's PF-E700 is yet another LCD photo frame, but with added alarm clock and indoor temperature gauge functions on a second small LCD screen at its base. The standard alarm snooze also gets an extra feature as a moody room light: you can set it so that each time you hit the snooze button you keep the frame's backlight on. The display is a 7-inch TFT LCD with 480 x 234 pixels, it plays MP3s, AVIs and MPEGs and takes SD, SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, and Compact Flash memory cards. Available in April for US$150.
The Gigantor photo frame isn't only big on size, like its name, but it's big on value as well. For $249, you'd normally only be able to get an 11-inch photo frame, but the Gigantor gives you 15 inches of mother-in-law viewing glory. It even has built-in speakers, an IR remote, 8 types of memory card support, MPEG1/2/4 video, and 1024 x 768 resolution. Gojira would be proud.
Are you really, really into digital picture frames? Are you also loaded? OK, well, maybe you're the target market for PhotoVu's new 19-inch PC1965w digital frame. Clocking in at a whopping $1,200, it's basically a flat-panel monitor that costs a lot more and can't be hooked up to a computer. Gee, what a deal! To be fair, it does have built-in wireless for downloading pictures, but to be even more fair, it's still over a grand.
If you're tired of getting pre-made digital photo frames that kinda works but kinda doesn't, then give this RedPost Linux photo frame a shot. Sure, it costs $549, but comes with a 19-inch LCD monitor, a 200MHz CPU, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, and is custom-built running Damn Small Linux.
If you're wondering why you'd pay nearly $600 for a photo frame, well, you'll have to remember that this runs Linux. Which means you can pretty much (as long as you have some programming knowledge) extend it to do anything. Streaming pictures off your PC, showing stuff off of Flickr, or anything else you can come up with. – Jason Chen