updated 02:25 pm EST, Fri December 1, 2006
Ceiva Digital Photo Frames
Ceiva has released two digital picture frames tailored for novices to printing and displaying digital photography. Both the 7-inch and 8-inch models can be subscribed to the company's PicturePlan service, which automatically downloads photos sent to the owner's account. The system is ideal for seniors, Ceiva claims, as the service by default connects to the service overnight with its own dial-up modem; no technical knowledge is required to receive images.
Photos can also be loaded to the device through more advanced methods. A built-in card reader copies photos directly from CompactFlash, Memory Stick, SD, and other formats. Optional Ethernet ($25) and WiFi ($35) adapters can also be attached to not only speed the service but also create copies that are stored in online albums for others to access. The 7-inch frame is available now for $150 with 3 months of PicturePlan service, and $200 for a full year; 8-inch frames ship with similar options for an additional $50.