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Pale Blue Ego
2006-09-03, 13:09
I've been looking at digital picture frames and I thought...Slim could take this concept to a whole new level.

Of course it would have digital picture display capabilities via wireless or wired networking. Also a memory card reader so you can use it with the computer off. And the ability to go out on the internet for pics and data with the computer off, via SqueezeNetwork

The coolest uses would be in conjunction with Slimserver and Squeezebox, though. It could display album art, track info, album reviews, current playlist, or other info while the music plays. You could display a different set of pictures for each artist/album/genre/playlist. You could get album art off the net if it wasn't in your music files or folders.

Create custom slideshows with musical accompanyment through the SB.

Send mpeg/mov/avi/divx/VOB video to the SlimScreen and audio to the SB.

Hi-res spectrum display, throbbing screensavers that move to the music, etc.

Plugins to display images from a Flickr account, videos from YouTube, RSS feeds, stock quotes, weather alerts, email, callerID + the caller's photo, etc.

Search via photo tags - people/places/years

The hardware would be cheap. The software would use the slimserver method of Perl & mySQL - open source, cross-platform, extensible via plugins.

You could offer a remote control that handles both devices.

Whaddaya think?

stinkingpig
2006-09-03, 16:42
On 9/3/06, Pale Blue Ego <
Pale.Blue.Ego.2dkrqn1157314201 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:
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> I've been looking at digital picture frames and I thought...Slim could
> take this concept to a whole new level....
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> Whaddaya think?
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I think it's a good idea, but it's easier said than done, and scope creep
would be an issue. Ideally the picture server would be a separate service,
and Slimserver would communicate with it via the CLI API. The more I think
about it, the more I like it... imagine a plugin or SqueezePictureNetwork
with RSS feeds of cool stuff, like Fark and Worth1000 Photoshop contests :-P

Yeah, I'd buy one. Of course, I've also said I'd buy a SqueezeBoomBox and a
car system, and it hasn't gotten either of them produced :)

--
"I spent all me tin with the ladies drinking gin,
So across the Western ocean I must wander" -- traditional

funkstar
2006-09-04, 02:14
Yeah, i'd buy one of these too, more than i would a car or BoomBox.

Would like a digital picture frame as it is, some of the Philips ones look really good, but a SD one would be even better. Especially if it was wireless and could be used as either another music player or as a slave display for it.

autopilot
2006-09-04, 02:23
Its a very nice idea, but it would be a very niche product. I doubt Slim devices would make one, their core business is producing supurb audio playback devices and i can't see how they could economically do it, especially as i don't think that many people would buy one.

It would make more sense if someone could produce custom software or plug-in to make use of an existing one from the likes of Philips etc.

funkstar
2006-09-04, 02:46
Are any of the big name ones wireless though? And none of them are going to be open to being modified/hacked.

Personally i think slaes of these are going to increase massively over the next couple of years. I was reading in Amature Photographer last night that there are more Camera Phones "in use"* today than regular gigital and film cameras put together. By 2010 there will be more camera phones in circulation than film cameras manufactured in their entire histor. that is an amazing number.

If a SlimPhoto were to be produced with BlueTooth then i think there would be a huge market for them. It also would not be competing with their original products so they would have two distinct products that could, in theory, feed off each other. Especially if they share a lot of the server software (the processor in the SB or Transporter could, i'm sure, be used for this).

Also don't forget, when the SliMP3 was first released, there wasn't exactly a huge market for these things :)


* "in use" means they have been used to take at least one photo in the past year

mherger
2006-09-04, 05:24
> The coolest uses would be in conjunction with Slimserver and
> Squeezebox, though. It could display album art, track info, album
> reviews, current playlist, or other info while the music plays. You
> could display a different set of pictures for each
> artist/album/genre/playlist. You could get album art off the net if it
> wasn't in your music files or folders.

I think our friend Felix has done this before:

http://www.gwendesign.ch/infiniteframe/infiniteframe.htm

Then create your own skin template to just display a modified status.html
- no need for a plugin!

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Michael

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Pale Blue Ego
2006-09-04, 09:48
How about a SqueezeNetwork library of great paintings? So when your SlimScreen isn't being used for other stuff, it looks like a Picasso, Renoir, or Dali?

stinkingpig
2006-09-04, 11:26
On 9/4/06, Pale Blue Ego <
Pale.Blue.Ego.2dmd5b1157388601 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:
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> How about a SqueezeNetwork library of great paintings? So when your
> SlimScreen isn't being used for other stuff, it looks like a Picasso,
> Renoir, or Dali?
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I'd love this -- partial to Bouguereau myself :) Still, it makes the value
of the other guy's post about using existing hardware more apparent. Say
that SDI produces a little 8x10 picture frame, well it's real cute and all,
but who wants to see their Remington landscapes compressed down to that
dinky thing, instead of displaying on a giant TV?

Ideally, this is a video display add-on which works with whatever display is
attached to it.
--
"I spent all me tin with the ladies drinking gin,
So across the Western ocean I must wander" -- traditional