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Pixer is a 6″ Digital Picture Frame with a 300 PPI Carta E-ink Screen

So far as I can tell it is about fourth or fifth digital picture frame revealed over the past few years (and currently vaporware), but Taiwan companies Gigazone and Gigabyte have announced the launch of what they say is the "world’s first" wireless digital picture frame.

The Pixer combines a 6″ Carta E-ink screen with an unnamed type of wireless connectivity which is supposed to enable you to update the frame from a companion app.

We’re a little vague on the details because all I could find was the press release, and it described the Pixer in only the most fluffy and generic terms.

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Using an E-ink screen in a digital picture frame is not a new idea; as far back as 2009 Bookeen sold a picture frame where you could insert one of their ereaders before hanging it on the wall.

And of course hackers have turned Kindles into wireless weather stations, fridge magnets, and the like (or built one from scratch). Also, there have been several failed prototypes which, like the Pixer, were battery-powered and wireless. One, Vikaura, has been under development for the past couple years. It was supposed to have shipped last fall but is stalled.

But hey, E-ink is thrilled to be a part of this project. Dr. FY Gan, General Manager of ESI Business Unit of E Ink Holdings, said, “We are glad to have the opportunity for co-developing Pixer with Gigazone. E Ink is willing to commit to the different types of applications of ePaper. The adoption of ePaper technology into the design of Pixer has made the general public enjoy the feature of ultra-low-power consumption and visual quality with comfort."

Who knows, maybe this device will succeed where others have failed.

CTimes

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Tom 13 December, 2016 um 9:27 am

Hey Nate, do you know any specifics whether Vicaura is still going? I’m not a backer so I can’t look into their updates on Kickstarter.

Nate Hoffelder 13 December, 2016 um 9:32 am

It’s still in process, yes. They are running about a year behind schedule, and haven’t shipped yet.


Searcher 25 October, 2017 um 1:08 pm

Any news regarding this?

Nate Hoffelder 25 October, 2017 um 1:50 pm

I can’t find any sign that it was released, but I did find that they filed the FCC paperwork for a 7.8″ model.


New 7.8" Pixer Digital Picture Frame Features Wifi, 300 PPI Carta E-ink Screen | The Digital Reader 25 October, 2017 um 2:50 pm

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taiwanese 4 November, 2017 um 4:29 am

GIGABYTE has ended all business of gigazone early this year.So you can not find this product on the market right now….If you are really interested, maybe you can ask to Gigabyte.I know at that time they have volume production and plan to start selling.


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