Digital photo frames have been around for a while, but PhotoSpring shows how far they’ve come, as it can store thousands of photos and videos for families to share with elderly relatives.
PhotoSpring has created a tablet-like device with a 10.1-inch IPS screen. The Wi-Fi connected device can store at least 15,000 photos in its 16-gigabyte version, and it can store 30,000 photos or so on its 32-gigabyte version. The screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800, and it comes with stereo speakers and a charging stand. It sells at retail for $150 for the 16-gigabyte version and $170 for the 32-gigabyte version and $200 for a 80-gigabyte version.
Those specs and prices are fine. But the software has some smarts. It can organize your photos by date or person. You can run your finger alongside the menu, and it will scroll through thousands of photos to find a bunch of photos that you took in 2010. You can tell it to hide certain photos. It can sort through the photos and look for good ones that have faces, colors, and sharp focus. It will leave out the bad shots. It can organize photos by the person in them as well.
I’ve been looking for a photo frame for my mother, and this one comes pretty close. Charles Huang, chief operating officer, showed me 2,600 of his own family photos on a PhotoSpring frame. At a media event last week, he showed how you can automatically upload photos from iOS or Android smartphones, using the PhotoSpring app. Those photos are transferred via Wi-Fi to the frame itself, where they are stored. It changes the photos throughout the day. You can send photos to the frame via the app by designating which device should receive the photos.
You can pick it up from its stand and it runs for about four hours on a battery charge, so you can take it around the house. The device doesn’t store photos in the cloud. It can accommodate files such as JPG, PNG, and GIFs. And it can store MOV, MP4, M4V, and AVI videos.
It isn’t fully loaded with features in that it has no SD card slot, and it has no cellular connection. Since my mother isn’t on the Internet and doesn’t have Wi-Fi, it’s not going to work really well for me. I would have to upload photos to the device via Wi-Fi, and then give the device to my mother to enjoy. But for a lot of people out there, this kind of photo frame could help close the generation gap.
The Los Angeles company debuted in 2015 with a crowdfunding campaign, and it launched PhotoSpring earlier this year. It’s not perfect yet, but it sure is easy.