If receiving digital photos from friends and relatives through the Internet is difficult or inconvenient, there’s another option. You can use connected digital frames, a technology invented and marketed by Ceiva Logic, a company founded by former Disney executives in Burbank, California, more than a decade ago.
Ceiva markets the product as a great gift for grandparents or others who want to receive digital photos in an easy-to-use system that doesn’t require computer knowledge.
Subscribers receive a photo frame with a high-resolution LCD screen and are enrolled in the company’s Picture Plan Photo Delivery Service. The digital picture frame receives photos through a standard telephone line, so there is no need for a computer, although the frame also can be connected to receive photos over the Internet via broadband or Wi-Fi service. Subscribers receive an unlimited photo storage account at ceiva.com.
Friends and family can send photos from anywhere for free via smart phone, camera phone, e-mail or through ceiva.com. A blue light alerts recipients to the fact that photos have arrived. A starter pack that includes a digital photo frame with a lifetime warranty and one year of photo delivery service costs less than $150. For information, visit ceiva.com.