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€5,231
pledged of €44,000pledged of €44,000 goal
32
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, April 12 2019 8:33 AM UTC +00:00

About

Low-Power Digital Picture Frame

Most of the currently available digital picture frames share one problem: they all look like displays. And as such they emit light and require a permanent power supply.

This low-power digital picture frame is going to change exactly that!

Using ePaper technology known from eBook readers this device will be able to:

  • operate wirelessly 
  • look like a real printed photograph  

Other than most other digital picture frames it won't be all framed in a plastic case. Instead your pictures will be displayed inside a beautiful metal finish with two color options silver and gold.

On the backside you'll find a small plastic case housing all the electronics and providing an USB connector in case you need to recharge the internal battery.

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Specifications

App for iOS and Android

You'll get a free app for iOS and Android with your picture frame or your DIY Kit. The app will allow you to scale and optimize your images and upload them directly to the frame.

Your pictures will automatically be optimized for best compatibility with the 4 bit grayscale display of the picture frame while providing you with a variety of options to choose from.

In addition, the app is going to be open source. So, everyone will be able to make improvements or even build their own app.

There will be no cloud service and no registration needed in order to use the app.

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Working prototype

We've already built a working prototype using a 7.5 inch 1 bit low resolution display.

The final product will have a significantly better quality display than this proof of concept prototype. See the next section for more details.

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What are your pictures going to look like?

Let's take this image of my girlfriend and I in Paris as an example:

Thanks to a process called dithering, the last step doesn't make much of a difference visually, leaving you with an almost flawless black and white photograph.

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Why again yet another digital picture frame?

The idea for this came out of necessity. I was looking for a digital picture frame that wouldn't just be a tethered and glowing display. I couldn't find any.

So, what are the benefits and drawbacks of this product compared to other options?

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What else can you do with it?

Need inspiration on what else you can put to display using the digital ePaper picture frame? Take a look at the following examples:

(pencil art by @rhododendrove.mdg)

You can use it for beautiful black and white photography and for easy presentation of your personal artwork.

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What do we need the money for?

First of all: We're not going to develop and build a product that nobody wants to buy. Using Kickstarter will enable us to build exactly the amount of picture frames people want - if they want.

In addition to that we need funding for:

  • display development kits
  • development of electronic circuits
  • development of all the software involved
  • development of manufacturing processes
  • all the materials and manufacturing for the final product

Many of these processes have already started. We've got software and circuits for our prototype. Now all of this has to be upgraded to work with 4 bit displays and finalized to be ready for shipment. There's still a lot of work to be done and we can't wait to get to it - with your support!

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Who are we?

We is basically I, a professional software developer and DIY builder. I do get a lot of support from my girlfriend and people around me, though. And since it won't be only me working on this project, it's 'we' as in 'all the people who are already or are going to be working to bring this awesome idea to life'.

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Risks and challenges

Most of the challenges we face involve manufacturing and we try to minimize those risks by working together with suppliers that already build great products. This means we won't build our own metal frame and we're going to use already certified hardware for WiFi connectivity.

Our focus will be the assembly of all the right parts as well as the creation of an easy to use software in order to create an overall satisfying user experience.

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    Pledge €1 or more About $1.12

    Our unlimited gratitude

    Support our digital picture frame and we'll be forever thankful!

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    Your name inside the app

    Support our picture frame and get your name to display inside the accompanied frame app.

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    Early-bird picture frame SILVER

    Kickstarter early-bird special offer! Get your own ePaper picture frame in SILVER

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    Early-bird picture frame GOLD

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    DIY Kit

    Build your own picture frame with this DIY kit. You get the electronics and the display fully equipped with all the software, ready to assemble your own low-power digital picture frame. In addition, all the source code involved in building the ePaper Picture Frame will be made available to you.

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    Picture frame SILVER

    Get your own ePaper picture frame in SILVER

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    Picture frame GOLD

    Get your own ePaper picture frame in GOLD

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    Pledge €379 or more About $426

    Double Pack SILVER & GOLD

    Get one of each, SILVER and GOLD. Get both versions of the ePaper picture frame.

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Funding period

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