The Ceiva Surfer

The Ceiva picture frame, introduced by US company, Ceiva Logic, is
currently only available in the states – where it retailing for $299.

We all love a nice bit of art, but there’s a limit to how many stuffed cows, pickled sharks, and old masters your living room will hold. Well, help is now at hand for the art lover with a limited budget and a room that is somewhat smaller than the Tate Modern, in the form of an internet-enabled picture frame.

More seriously, with the advance of digital cameras into every walk of life, many companies are waking up the notion that digital images are big business.

The Ceiva picture frame, introduced by US company, Ceiva Logic, iscurrently only available in the states – where it retailing for $299.

Designed for ease of use and aimed at the computer dummy, the device doesn’t require an external computer, internet account, password, mouse or keyboard.

Simply plug in the power, plug in the telephone line and the digital picture frame automatically connects to the internet for a few minutes to receive pictures from your friends and family.

Alternatively, a range of images area also available on the Ceiva website (www.ceiva.com). The frame holds up to 10 digital pictures (while hundreds can be stored on the Ceiva website) and can be configured to display jut one picture or to run a slideshow

The display is a 7.7′ diagonal (approximately 5’x7′) LCD flat panel display with a resolution of 640×480 VGA. Images are displayed in JPEG image format.

The company is currently developing the expansion of Ceiva outside the United States, and anticipates international shipments later in the year.

Another possibility, for those who own Sony digital cameras, is Sony’s CyberFrame PHD-A55, which transfers still images or MPEG movies to the frame. Featuring a 5.5-inch LCD, the frame offers some interesting features, including the ability to attach voice memos, and to automatically turn itself on when your hand approaches it.