Digital Picture Frames: By Kodak...and Everyone Else...and Their Mother

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Kodak announced 4 new Easyshare digital picture frames at CES to be released in March this year.

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I like their two WiFi versions, the EX1011 (10") and EX811 (8"). Both frames feature 128MB of internal memory, 800x480 LCD displays and photo streaming from a PC folder or their proprietary service. While most models fill their spec sheets with standards like memory card support and USB connectivity, these models can support MP3/MP4/mov/avi with audio playing out of their built-in speakers.

Look for them in March for $279 and $229.
Their non WiFi MP3 model runs $129. Video models start at $179.

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But while I was impressed by Kodak's line, most of us at CES have noticed a trend:

Digital Picture Frames are everywhere.

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Seriously. Kodak claimed that this is because of consumer demand, and then she quoted a study by (the CEA?) that I have since heard again from other manufacturers. 70% of consumers are on their 3rd digital camera purchase. 70% of these purchasers are women. Along with that, most digital photos never make it to any sort of viewable medium. To Kodak, the influx of digital frames is "natural progression". Philips supported the idea, adding that their product availability was very scarce over the holiday season.

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I think that displays got cheap.

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melaluvsgizmodo-old1
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What an appropriately titled post. I've been thinking recently about buying a digital picture frame for my mom, because she has mentioned on several occasions how getting photos printed up is time-consuming and her images end up simply languoring away on a memory card or a CD. And yes, she is on her 3rd digital camera now.