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are just now at the sunrise of a whole raft of "Post-PC" era
devices and Internet appliances which will change the way
in which we communicate, exchange data, work, enjoy entertainment
and, simply, experience life. One of the products which epitomizes
this new revolution in technology was unveiled a few weeks
back at the Demo 2000 Technology Conference in Indian Wells,
Developed by Weave Innovations of Santa Clara, the StoryBox
is, in essence, a digital picture frame for the 21st Century.
The StoryBox comprises an electronic picture frame (termed
the "StoryBox Connected Frame") that integrates memory, a
digital photo-ready 6.4-inch diagonal active-matrix color
display screen, and an Internet-ready modem.
There is no requirement for an interface with a PC; simply
connect the frame to a standard Internet outlet (phone line/DSL
connection, cable modem or network connection) and it will
continuously display up to 36 pictures as either stills or
in a slide show format. Similar to the earlier technology
Sony CyberFrame digital picture viewer, the StoryBox also
can display images from memory cards taken directly out of
your digital camera.
The innovative backbone which makes this all possible is termed
the "StoryBox Network." With the press of the "SHARE" button
on the StoryBox picture frame, owners can direct and send
digital images to other StoryBox Connected Frames around the
world, so that grandma or grandpa can see the same pictures
as you have displayed. With the push of a second button, the
frame can switch from displaying digital images to viewing
informational channels covering categories such as weather,
traffic reporting, sports, entertainment, financial and world
To date, Weave Innovations has signed agreements with The
Weather Channel, Traffic Station, CBS SportsLine, E! Online,
and MSNBC to provide the delivered content. Finally, StoryBox
allows you - through an alliance that Weave Innovations has
with Kodak - to order prints directly through the frame.
Availability: August to End of Summer 2000
Service fees: $3 to $9/month (*)
For further information, visit Weave at www.storybox.com.