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FRAMED allows you to showcase an infinite selection of digital artworks in everyday environments.
FRAMED allows you to showcase an infinite selection of digital artworks in everyday environments.
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June Update - Almost there!

Posted by FRM (Creator)
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From presenting FRAMED 2.0 at Internet Age Media Weekend (Barcelona) to the VVVV community call and exhibition at NODE15 (Frankfurt) followed by an exhibition of work by Rafaël Rozendaal, LIA and Leander Herzog at Short Cuts – CentrePasquArt (Bienne/Biel) and closing the spring festival season at FIBER Festival (Amsterdam), the past five months have been truly inspiring and educational for FRAMED! Thanks to all these great organisations for inviting and hosting us. We are building an ecosystem and to make it a trusting one we need to get as many involved in the process and discussion about FRAMED, what artists need/want, distribution and collection of digital art.

Works by Daan van Hasselt, Carolien Teunisse and Evgeniy Vashchenko displayed on FRAMED 2.0 at FIBER festival 2015
Works by Daan van Hasselt, Carolien Teunisse and Evgeniy Vashchenko displayed on FRAMED 2.0 at FIBER festival 2015

The rest of us who are not mingling and enjoying great company, FRAMED office is buzzing like never before. As you have seen from our little preview image few weeks ago, we have a number of units ready to go out. They are packaged in beautiful FRAMED packaging, bundled with air remotes (extra!) and wall mounts, you addresses have been collected and we can’t wait to get these into your hands. 

Development

The core software development continues and while we’d love to ship these out to you we need to arrive to a final beta of the core software that is reliable and stable. Unfortunately this is not an easy process and while we repeatedly try to isolate core features so we can ship out the devices to you asap, our ambitions for FRAMED are so large that we inevitably find that many of the current and future services we want to prove for FRAMED also deeply interlink with the core software on the devices. In other words, if we ship too early, the future updates will be extremely difficult for the end user and we have to avoid this at all cost.

Dedicated FRAMED server we created for NODE15 incl. community submissions. It enabled visitors to upload artworks that were later exhibited at the event.
Dedicated FRAMED server we created for NODE15 incl. community submissions. It enabled visitors to upload artworks that were later exhibited at the event.

We are a small and committed team with great ambitions. Marrying software and hardware into a seamless whole requires a lot of patience, development and endurance. There is nothing more heartbreaking than seeing these devices in our storage while we know our backers around the world are waiting to receive them. The latest version of the software finally has most of the pieces in place but it has come at a cost of management and coordination.

Here are some of the things we are currently focused on: 

- Vimeo support is near complete but we are not 100% happy with it. It currently uses the Flash Player which can be flaky at times. However having this feature on FRAMED opens a massive collection of videos you can view on your FRAMED. The videos play beautifully in full screen and loop by default. 

- GIF Support and like most other things on the web, whether this be Javascript or WebGL work beautifully. 

- Payment system is complete. 

- We started working on organisation pages — this enables companies, galleries and individuals to “curate” and “present” works by artists. 

- User pages are near complete but we are still working on “Feed” feature which will keep record and display to other users what is happening on your FRAMED. Its a great way to discover new art on FRAMED, things on the web, and generally what other users are displaying on their FRAMED devices. Thousands of artworks at your fingertips! 

- Profile pages are also in development. This is where you as an artist or developer for that matter will be able to display things you’ve made for FRAMED. 

- Artist guides are under way, describing the process behind uploading your own work. Remember, FRAMED supports all kinds of different frameworks including Processing, Javascript, Video, Image/GIF, openFrameworks, Cinder, vvvv, Unity and packaging your pieces for FRAMED requires clear and straightforward instruction, not to mention the workflow. 

- Our beta server currently only enables loading and installing of a few pre-installed artworks. You can also load things from the web – in other words it is quite limited. On the other hand our development server includes bits and bobs of most of the above but they need a clean up and polish. Its shared only internally and used a test bed for features and development. 

- Remote software updates are working well but they need further testing once other features are in place. 

- There are so many other small things (maintenance/backend) we yet need to fix its overwhelming but we are on top of it and one by one will be done and gone.

The Launch

In parallel to the development work we are preparing for release of FRAMED 2.0. This is yet another exciting news to share with you that FRAMED 2.0 is officially launching with the MoMA Design Store this autumn in the form of an exclusive version featuring four artworks by leading artists within the MoMA Permanent Collection including Aaron Koblin who is making a new version of Flight Patterns for FRAMED, and Nicholas Felton working on a beautiful visualization of activity within New York City's bike sharing program CitiBike. You can read more MoMA’s Autumn collection announcement feat. FRAMED in this article on PSFK and WWD.

We are also in the talks with a few more of (our favourite) institutions to stock FRAMED and while we can’t share the details of who they are, you’ll be very proud of us once you find out :)

Shipping

As mentioned already, the current batch for our backers (current estimate shipping date is around mid July) is looking to cover the following reward tiers:. 

1.  EARLY BETA 24” (45 backers)
2. 24” CUSTOM FRAMING (6 backers) 
3. 24” STUDIO PACK 1200 (10 backers — 30 units) 4. 24” STUDIO PACK 1300 (40 backers - 120 units) — around half will be sent out / picked by random. 

We are currently working on the second batch, details of when these will be ready will be confirmed in the upcoming weeks and this will include:

1. 24” STUDIO PACK 1300 (40 backers - 120 units) — the other half.
2. 24” STUDIO PACK 1400 (49 backers - 147 units)

Followed by the other remaining batches including the “MARCH SPECIAL PRICE 24”, “MARCH DELIVERY 24”, “FIRST DELIVERY” and the 40” devices.

We are currently preparing the shipping form where you’ll be able to confirm your address and pay for the shipping expenses. The units will be sent out via express shipping and we are working closely with our partners to get the units to you as soon as possible and at lowest cost possible.

Other News

Another exciting news is that we are in the process of restructuring the company to come up with a pool of shares for employees. We believe it’s important for our team to get an opportunity to participate in the development of the company and share its success. This, we believe, is important to us for the future we are trying to build and the people we want to employ. 

Once again, we thank you for your trust and patience and leave you with some photos of FRAMED 24”, in the wild!

FRM Team

Clockwise: FIBER15 (Photo by Jessica Dreu), NODE15 (Photo by Nemanja Knezevic), Short Cuts – CentrePasquArt (Photo by Jurg Lehni) and NODE15 (Photo by Nemanja Knezevic).
Clockwise: FIBER15 (Photo by Jessica Dreu), NODE15 (Photo by Nemanja Knezevic), Short Cuts – CentrePasquArt (Photo by Jurg Lehni) and NODE15 (Photo by Nemanja Knezevic).
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      Michelle on

      so tired of waiting

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      Michele De Sio on

      There is something still unclear and inconsistent to me.
      I paid 50$ extra in order to have it delivered one month in advance (it was supposed to be feb 2015 instead of march), and now I've been put in a hypothetical second batch after almost all of the rest has been delivered, and most likely after moma gets theirs?
      Sounds like my money went for travels and promotion instead of my unit...

    3. Ivan Rungkat on

      @Peter: my sentiments exactly.

    4. Peter Törlind on

      More than a month since last update, no shipping has started. Please give us more info you are travelling around the world for our money!

    5. Alexandre L on

      I asked few times for an SDK. Even alpha I can start coding something. Did someone have an SDK? Thank you.

    6. It's just me... on

      @Fernando: Jake (Founder) at Electric Objects is really nice. Just send them a note with your questions and I'm sure they will get back to you promptly...

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      Fernando on

      Given that there is no end of sight here...has anyone have any thoughts in the alternatives like Depict and others?

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      ClarkCarty on

      What about the 40" frames? There's no mention of them. I have (3) 24" and (2) 40" ordered...

    9. Justin Goodman on

      According to the latest update, the estimated shipping date is mid-July. Is there any update on that? Or on shipping prices? Or...anything concrete, really.

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      Fernando on

      Still just sad with no clear timelines....:( but like I said I am writing this off at this point.

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      Eric Bergman on

      Kind of an empty update. Nice to finally see an update but there is no information in here that concerns us, the backers. Expected shipping date? Where are you in the development, testing and manufacturing stages? Personally, I could care less about your fantastic travels and adventures. I want to see this in my house not yours.

    12. Ivan Rungkat on

      @oscar: Couldn't have said better myself.

      It is rather poor form to treat your backers like this.

      It seems that we could have gotten Framed 2.0 delivered as promised some 8 months ago if you guys had spent less time travelling, promoting and doing expos.

    13. Oscar Yasser Noriega on

      @David, sorry, my bad. But I guess you get the feeling: why they keep talking about all the wonderful events, promotion and future plans without even delivering to their backers? That's my only frustration. My company is also a potential creator of content and we are super excited about the platform. I don't know about most of the backers but I feel that if updates are not perfect or seamless is understandable and I think many people can manage to handle that. Just my two cents. I LOVE the product and concept. But I think their focus should be to deliver first to their backers and talk less about their future plans and expos around the world.

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      Allen chan on

      totally agree w/all the others, it's nice you're getting exposures and attending all these...but couldn't we get our hardware first? I am sure we'd all happily get software updates nonstop once we get the frames.....It's a good amount i sunk in ($1400) to be lost in the ether for like a year and who knows how long it'll take to actually get these
      thanks for the update still though!!!

    15. Jono Brandel on

      I paid extra money to get my hands on a FRAMED before the general public (Nov '14 by your estimations). It sounds like all backers will be getting theirs in mid July just a couple months before the MoMA Design Store. I'm happy for all the events you've gotten to attend, but I can't help but feel like you've ignored a large group of supporters, namely your backers. I'm an artist, I want to make stuff on this platform, I want to buy/collect stuff for my FRAMED, I want to participate in this ecosystem.

    16. David on

      Oscar: what you backed here on kickstarter _IS_ FRAMED 2.0

    17. It's just me... on

      "There is nothing more heartbreaking than seeing these devices in our storage while we know our backers around the world are waiting to receive them."

      So, as of now we're just waiting for software or a web app? And, these can't be installed/updated via wifi?

      Why can't you simply make a quick, simple frontend with one or two features instead of all the features and ship these today?

      Now, I'm disappointed...

    18. Zalphab on

      What about the Bigger versions of FRAMED ?

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      Sal Maya on

      Still wondering when my frames are shipping??

    20. Oscar Yasser Noriega on

      Good update and specially happy to see that the radio silence is finally gone, but then again not completely satisfied as an early backer since you guys keep talking about steps 3, 4, 5, 6 (future, Moma, 2.0 etc) while not giving a clear and specific shipping date for early backers. For now, it looks like half of the backers will get their units in mid July, great news! if something happens please post an update. No one here cares about Framed 2.0, we all want you to realize the first step FIRST.

    21. Justin Goodman on

      Still no word whatsoever on shipping costs. Not happy about this.