updated 07:20 am EDT, Wed September 17, 2008
Kodak Wireless OLED Frame
Kodak this morning set a new threshold for digital photo frames with an extremely high-end model. The OLED Wireless Frame is reportedly the first to combine both of its namesake technologies and centers around image quality well beyond ordinary photo frames: the organic 7.6-inch, 800x480 display is just a fraction the thickness of an LCD and has several times the contrast ratio of better rivals, at a TV-like 30,000:1. The viewing angle is also a full 180 degrees and essentially makes them color accurate regardless of viewpoints.
Video playback is supported on the frame and takes advantage of OLED's inherent nature to eliminate ghosting altogether. Music support is likewise built in, though Kodak has yet to detail format support for either standard.
The wireless comes into play with Wi-Fi that allows both local and Internet sharing; the device can either pull content from local PCs or from common Internet sources such as Kodak's own Gallery site as well as Flickr and FrameChannel. Physical storage is handled through 2GB of built-in memory, which Kodak claims can handle about 10,000 typical photos, or through an attached camera memory card or USB device.
The premium associated with OLED will translate directly into the cost of the OLED Wireless Frame, which should cost about $999 when it becomes available online in November. Retail stores will also receive the frame, but the camera maker says it should fill in details for these launches at a later date.