Digital photo frame gets images from your cell phone

IDG News Service |  Mobile & Wireless

A digital photo frame that can receive images from camera phones is on show at this week's SEK 2006 in Seoul.

The frame, developed by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., has a 7-inch wide-screen LCD (liquid crystal display) with 800 pixels by 480 pixels resolution. There's also 32 MB of built-in memory and a card slot for SD, MMC or Compact Flash cards.

The device looks like other digital photo frames developed in the past few years, but a glance at its back reveals an Ethernet socket and that gives a clue to its network ability.

The network connection allows the frame to maintain a link with a server through which images can be pushed to the device. Two of South Korea's cell phone operators, SK Telecom Co. Ltd. and KTF Co. Ltd., are offering the service to subscribers.

After taking a picture users send it via multimedia message from a handset to a telephone number associated with the service. Because users are required to register their photo frame and phone number in advance, the server can match the pictures to the correct frame and push the images. In a demonstration at SEK 2006 it took a few tens of seconds for the image to appear on the photo frame after being sent.

Both SK Telecom and KTF also operate portals through which images can be deleted or shared with friends who have similar frames.

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