Kodak's Connected Digital Photo Frames

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OMG, like, you don't have a digital picture frame? Dude, they're totally the sh*t these days. Long a niche, nerd product as user-friendly as a graphing calculator, the digital frame has gone mainstream—as evidenced by Kodak getting into the biz.

The boyz from Rochester dropped four models on Vegas: standard 7- and 8-inch frames, plus 8- and 10-inch ones with built-in Wi-Fi. (Prices range from $129 to $279.) Each comes with one interchangeable frame, and you can buy additional ones to upgrade the look. Options are: frosted floral glass, warm walnut wood, antique silver, plus a whiteboard that you can write things on—like cartoon thought bubbles—then wipe off to write something new.

The frames all sport the full range of slots—even for those dorky xD cards (good, 'cause we do like Fujifilm and Olympus cameras). 128MB of built-in memory holds about 60 photos. The Wi-Fi models let you transfer photos from a PC over a wireless network, or you can grab pics you have online at Kodak's EasyShare Gallery. All the frames also play music and videos.

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Kodak actually slipped a few of these frames into Target stores back in November, on the down-low. But the full lineup goes on sale everywhere in February.

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DISCUSSION

Slightly changing the subject here to one that virtually no one cares about: What is the environmental impact of everyone buying these digital photo frames?

I noticed after the Christmas holiday a half dozen of these things showing up in offices at work. We can easily see the day when everyone has (multiple of) these things plugged in at home and at the office. Millions of digital photo frames replacing standard photos. Just having these things plugged in will be sucking energy, and very few people will think to unplug them when not in use.

Oh well. Perhaps this is a small problem compared to our appetite for 100 inch plasma displays.