A Frame for more than just yourself: Flink lets all of your family members and close friends instantly put their photos into the frame. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on March 23, 2014.
About this project
The Flink Cloud Frame is a new product which takes all the effort out of managing your picture frame. All you need is your smartphone. Even better, your closest friends and family can directly put their photos onto your hardware through our free app and through wi-fi.
Enjoy instantaneous automatic photo sharing on a beautiful 8 inch screen with your private circle, everywhere that there's internet.
Your photo frame will keep up with everyone in your circle, no matter where or when they update. Your friends can see your newest photos. If you're a parent, your family can see how your kids are doing - all through a digital picture frame!
"The 7 Coolest Products On Kickstarter This Week" - The Daily Up. "Flink is the Coolest Digital Photo Frame You'll Ever See" - Paste Magazine. "Project of the Day" - Faveoly. "Flink, A Family Photo Frame for the Smart Hardware Era" - technode.com
Flink Cloud Frame Features
- Clean design and simple setup from start to finish
- High resolution screen
- Automatic updating of photos on the frames of the people you're sharing photos with
- 4GB onboard storage, and for Kickstarter backers that buy a frame, unlimited storage in the cloud!
Flink App Features
- Upload photos and messages from your phone (including Facebook or Instagram photos)
- Add family and friends to your Flink account sharing
- Automatically categorize your photos into collections
- Keep track of your photo stream without looking at your Flink Cloud Frame
- Push photos from anywhere in the world
- It's free to use, and always will be.
- Introducing: Holiday Cards! Send holiday cards with custom photos for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's
The Perfect User Experience
All photos will be resized automatically to fit Flink's 8 inch screen. Users can click like to save photos they want to see more often. You can also manually look through your photos with just a swipe! Finally, the slideshow runs automatically, catches everyone's eye, and it even lets you know when someone has updated your frame!
Delightfully Simple Setup
The frame has only one button. The first time you use it, just connect it to your wifi and add your account information using our touch screen keyboard! Using Flink everyday requires no additional actions. You can automatically receive and display photos. On your app you can easily share, view, and manage which photos are shown and who is seeing them.
The Perfect Gift
If you know anyone who'd love to see your photos but doesn't like keeping up with technology, Flink makes the absolute perfect gift. It's so easy to use and set up! And it won't fall out of use like regular picture frames, because it's so simple to update!
Smart and Great Service
Flink supports automatic online updating. In addition to our current photo sharing and push services, we will continue to introduce more cloud services, such as theming, customizable slideshows, holiday and event greetings, audio, and video sharing. Flink will provide an open API interface for third parties interested in working with the Flink App!
The form factor of Flink is revolutionized from traditional photo frames. The design of Flink is beautiful and simple. The frame is made of high quality aluminum alloy to give it an eye catching look, especially as it's showing your photos. It comes in two colors, black and white, and in future models and add ons we plan to include wood and metal facades for the frame.
Amazing Kickstarter Rewards
We are offering unique and useful rewards for our Kickstarter backers. Only you can help us make this product a reality! It has so much potential, but for that potential to be unlocked, we have to have your help. Please, donate to our product and cause via your Kickstarter account. We're bringing family and friends closer together, and finally creating a digital picture frame that people will love to use!
For a full list of rewards, please see the right hand side of the page!
For $148, you can have a Flink Cloud Frame shipped to any address in the USA. For $148, we also offer shipping to any address in China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan with full Chinese language support. For $163, you can have it shipped ANYWHERE else in the world. Japan. Sweden. Estonia. Antarctica. We'll send it anywhere!
We also still have early adopter prizes available for special savings of $15, $23, and $49!!
If you're looking to help us but don't have the $148 to spare right now, please consider helping us at the $1, $5, and $20 levels. This will allow you to keep up with developments in our software platforms, all aimed at bringing family and friends closer together. Please check the sidebar for a complete list of rewards!
For truly unique gifts, consider donating at the $250 level for a great looking wooden case!
Who are the Flink team members?
The founders of the Flink Team are Robin, Alex, and Patrick. What's our dream? We think it would be amazing if you had a photo frame that could keep up with you. What if your parents and loved ones had one too? That's the Flink Cloud Frame! Everyone can stay connected via our frame and app.
Patrick Ho is an entrepreneur and web developer, with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Previously he's worked in the medical device and reliability fields for Instrumentation Laboratory, UVA, MIT, and NASA.
Alex is currently a PhD Candidate and a NDSEG research fellow at MIT, studying Electrical Engineering. In the past, Alex has worked for Intel and for several computer hardware and telecommunications firms.
Robin has a MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He's served as a Marketing Director for Motorola and has extensive entrepreneurial experience with web and hardware companies.
How did you come up with and develop the idea of Flink?
We weren't even thinking about hardware when we started working on a mobile app that fit in with modern families in December 2012. But quickly we realized that the phones that parents and grandparents would have to work with wouldn't be able to display photos to a satisfactory degree. So we began to look at hardware! Eventually the idea got better and better as we realized the potential of this idea and that we had the ability to create networks of easy to use, automatically updating frames!
How will our product orders be filled?
Our factory in Guangdong will be ready to fill the first run of orders based on our prototypes if we can raise the capital!
What's the current status?
We have completed the software development for iOS and Android. We've also finished hardware engineering, prototype development and design work. We're just waiting on orders for the first run!
The Flink and ALGRA Technology Timeline
- 12/2012: The ALGRA Technology team was founded with members from both US and China.
- 8/2013: First hardware prototype completed.
- 11/2013: US technological debut of our prototype at the MIT China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum with live demos.
- 1/2014: Manufacturing hardware look completed. First revision of US software testing completed and the demo for Kickstarter completed.
- Expected 3/2014: Manufacturing begins on Flink with capital and orders raised from Kickstarter.
- Expected 4/2014: Final code reviews for the release version of our software.
- Expected 5/2014: Delivery of first frames. Please, help us make this a reality!
Live, unedited demo of our prototype's functionality!
Please support us!
We've made an amazing product, one that makes the world a smaller place. We need your help, and we're excited to start a partnership with you. Everyone that supports this Kickstarter will receive free access to cloud-based apps from ALGRA in the future and enjoy our cutting-edge, user-friendly software. We love Flink, and hope you'll help us make it a reality!
Risks and challenges
Combining the functionality of our prototype with the beautiful next generation design to imbue the product with a unique style in our Manufacturing phase.
Shipping the product from abroad. Certification for US commercial use with the FCC.
Building a support staff - the tech support call centers and other roles to give you an enjoyable product experience.
Building a server infrastructure for our cloud services.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We are committed to the idea that your experience with Flink should be as simple and hassle free as possible. We've figured out a great way for photo frames to be managed and updated!
We use a TFT 8 inch screen with 1024x768 resolution.
After launching our first frame we will definitely explore new shapes, sizes, and colors for future model and product lines of the Flink Frame. We want to be the go-to place for photo sharing hardware!
We use 4GB internal storage on the frame and offer unlimited storage on our own cloud servers for our backers that pledge over $20. Our cloud servers will be on our private, secured Amazon Web Services account.
We currently don't have expansion slots for physical storage or link up to independent cloud servers like Dropbox, but we love all of these suggestions and will explore them for future updates to our service.
Yes, there is an automatic power save mode. If there's no interaction with the frame for an hour we will power down. Just touch the screen or power button to wake it up. We will explore remote power save and timer-based power modes in future software updates!
We can link up to every phone you've connected your account to. Don't worry about any limits! If a family has multiple frames, each frame will show the photos connected to its personal account. If you'd like to swap frames for any reason, the frames will update themselves to their new owner!
Absolutely, yes! The frame is able to display messages alongside images in the slide show and also by themselves. We will also provide templates and frames for holiday cards so you can send out a personalized holiday greeting.
Our technology works across all ages. Since the app owners send photos to other people, the frame itself doesn't need management and is perfect for every member of the family.
Nothing! Our app download is free and has no monthly fees. We are selling hardware, and our Kickstarter backers will get free storage space on their personal accounts (and 100GB for any of your friends) at any reward point above $20.
Non-kickstarter customers will need to pay for storage above 5GB.
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