Peripheral Vendors Moving Images To Big Screen

By Greg Scoblete On Jan 6 2005 - 8:00am

Now that digital camera owners have succeeded in capturing well on billions of digital photos in just a few years, peripheral vendors are angling for the opportunity to help camera owners do more than just print and e-mail them.

Ceiva Logic will expand its digital frame lineup to include a 15-inch high-end LCD frame with built-in Wi-Fi and broadband connectivity, among other enhancements. Ceiva's 2005 lineup will feature a number of new photo frames (which the company calls receivers) with suggested retails ranging from $149 to $699, according to Dean Schiller, founder and CEO.

The Ceiva product line will also include for the first time a stand-alone frame with built-in flash memory card readers, giving users the option of bypassing Ceiva's subscription-based photo network. The previous Ceiva photo receiver could only accept photos via a dial-up connection to the Internet.

New models will add 802.11b/g for integrating the frame into a home network, and broadband connectivity alongside augmentations to the Ceiva's Internet network, Schiller said.

Datacolor's ColorVision unit will introduce two new color-calibrating tools aimed at consumers. The first, ColorPlus, is an entry level screencolor correcting product. The other, the Spyder2 Plus, combines a hardware and software calibrating solution for both MAC and Windows users. Pricing was not announced.

MediaGear introduced the ImageBank DPP+TV (DPP stands for Digital Photo Processing). The device is a portable CD burner with flash memory card slots. It supports one touch transfer and burning of images from flash memory to CD and can print directly to PictBridge-enabled printers.

The unit also connects to a TV and ships with a remote that lets users scroll through slide shows and edit photos, including red-eye removal, on the television.

The ImageBank DPP accepts SD, miniSD, MMC, MS (PRO, Duo, and Select), CompactFlash Type I and II, MicroDrive, SmartMedia, and the xD-Picture Card.

Finally, MediaGear will announce the ImageBank OTG (On The Go), a portable hard drive with flash slots for backing up data. It features a one button flash-to-hard drive transfer with speeds up to 6MBps. The unit can serve as an external hard drive when connected to a PC via USB 2.0. The unit uses a lithium ion battery that powers the device for 1.5 hours of use. It will be available in 20GB, 40GB, and 60GB capacities.

Pacific Image Electronics is introducing the PrimeFoto, a portable flash-to-CD burner and digital slideshow creator that can be connected to a TV for viewing and editing images. Narration or music can be also be added to a photo slideshow, which can then be burned onto a CD with one button.

The unit accepts CompactFlash Type I & II, Microdrive, SD, MMC, SmartMedia, Memory Stick (PRO & Duo), and with an optional adapter, the xD-Picture Card.

The PrimeFoto can operate independently of a TV to burn a photo slideshow directly from flash memory cards. The unit is shipping now for a suggested $249.99.

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