CSR and Telechips have teamed up on a digital picture frame that can receive photo images over a Wi-Fi connection. This is good news for all of us who can't get used to plugging the frame into a USB port on our PC.
Picture frames have been around for awhile and if you're like me you typically have them hanging on a wall. It is a bit inconvenient to take it down to reprogram it.
I am sometimes skeptical about new wireless applications. But this one seems to have a good deal of utility. Consider, for example, scenarios in which you want to change the picture depending on who is coming to dinner that evening.
With a Wi-Fi connection, the mission is accomplished with ease.
But wait. There's more. Internet radio, digitized stock market tickers, and music subscription services such as Rhapsody, ShoutCast, WM Audio and vTuner are also supported.
Using this technology, users can communicate via Wi-Fi with Flickr and other photo sharing websites such as Picasa to view online photo albums. The platform will also support RSS feeds from sources including Yahoo, MSN, CNN, BBC as well as displaying currency rates and traffic information.
I think the 8-inch LCD display in the frame is a bit out of synch with the rest of the product but that will, I presume, change.
CSR's UniFi single-chip Wi-Fi technology delivers a footprint and cost point that makes all this possiblealong with Telechips' TCC8300 media processor.
The platform will drastically reduce the time to market for ODMs and will be available by the end of January 2008.