Digital Frames Expanding Use - World-Wide Examples

The expanding use of digital frames can be found world-wide. In our homes and offices, digital frames give us an extraordinary way to connect with family and friends, store our photo memories and even display artwork.

In small businesses and large corporations, digital signage is used every day to display information to the public as well as to employees.

Whenever I find data about innovative and perhaps unexpected ways of using digital frames, I want to be able to share this information with visitors to this website.

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Digital Frames Expanding Use as Hanging Sculpture

Random slideshows of art, installed on digital frames, made a striking appearance at the London College of Fashion's exhibition show in February 2010. 100 digital picture frames were used in a structure of hanging stainless steel panels to showcase student portfolios.

The grid of panels showed engravings of the college logo, which resembles a star. Individual grids containing one of the arms of each star were filled with a digital frame. Portfolio data was generated randomly across all of the picture frames.

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Another and larger installation was built to showcase more student portfolios in June of 2010.

Digital Frames Expanding Use at 100th Anniversary Boy Scout Expo

The 100th Anniversary Boy Scout Exhibit, presenting Boy Scout memorabilia from 1910 to the present, opened February 8, 2010 at The Museum at Central School in Kalispell, Montana.

Slideshows in digital picture frames were used to provide visual tours for the visitors.

Digital Frames Expanding Use for Exhibit Graphics

At the Pier Aquarium in St. Petersburg, Florida, two grants have provided for the purchase of digital frames to be used as electronic fish identification signs. At the Atlantic Ocean and Invertebrates tanks, photo frames loop slide presentations about the living collections. This technological innovation allows aquarium staff much greater flexibility when planning displays for special needs visitors, special events and custom educational programs.

The Ultimate Space-Saving, Energy-Efficient, Cost-Effective Way to Deliver Music!

A very enterprising music teacher and song arranger in British Columbia, Canada has offered yet another example of an expanding worldwide use for digital photo frames. He is planning to offer his arrangements of songs preloaded onto digital photo frames for purchase. These affordable frames can be set on music stands and function like printed music books. The advantages of this way of delivering music are many fold. The digital photo frames would be basically the same size as a music book but with paper, pre-printing and shipping costs eliminated. And best of all--no pages to turn! New songs could simply be added by purchasing a flashdrive loaded with more songs.

This unique idea should be exciting for musicians the world over to follow.

Big Picture Project Uses Digital Photo Frames and DVDs to help Alzheimer Patients with Their Emotions

Some of the symptoms that sufferers of Alzheimer's disease and their caretakers have to cope with go beyond memory loss and involve a number of behavioral and psychological problems. These can include agitation, paranoia, aggression and anxiety. Slide shows or movies that tell stories of their lives may be able to address such behavioral and psychological problems by offering Alzheimer's patients something familiar and calming to redirect their anger or agitation.

The Big Picture Project is a non-profit organization started in Minnesota by Anne Dougherty, who was formerly employed in the marketing and public relations field. The idea of creating slideshows and movies that would document the rich lives of Alzheimer's patients and serve as a tool to help calm their emotions came out of discussions with her brother, a geriatrician and executive director of Geriatric Services of Minnesota.

The most important outcome of any findings on this theory will be the possibility of using this type of method as an alternative to the use of antipsychotic drugs as the first choice in treating behavioral problems in Alzheimer's sufferers. Unfortunately, these drugs are usually ineffective, are expensive and can actually be potentially dangerous for these people.

The volunteers of the Big Picture Project scan and assemble hundreds of photos from the families of Alzheimer's patients and put them onto digital photo frames, DVDs and in photo albums. Only a handful of patients have thus far benefited from the work of this organization. With donations and grant money, it is hoped that the number of participants can be greatly expanded in the next year.

Multi-Media Digital Frames Help a Whole Community Connect in a Very Special Way for one Truly Amazing Exhibition!

Would you like to know how an art exhibition which included multi-media digital frames helped a whole community to connect with each other in a very special way? What happened on the evening of February 9th and continued through February 11th in Cary, NC was a true miracle of connection!

On January 17th, artist Helen Marshall and her collaborator Alessandra Ferrini, both from the United Kingdom, arrived in this town of approximately 135,000 people. Their objective was to present an art project that promised to capture the essence of what the concept "home" means to the residents of this suburb of Raleigh, NC.

The project, the Home Sweet Cary Artist in Residency, was organized by Cary Visual Art ( The mission of this organization is to "promote, inspire, encourage, and support visual arts for the uplifting of the human spirit in the Cary community." Founding Member, Ralph Ashworth, states on the organization's website that "Public art has been a wonderful way for our community to create a sense of place, tell a story, develop and maintain an identity. It shows that this community cares about where we live, work and play."

Within almost a 3 week period the artist and her collaborator, 2 complete strangers to the town, managed to interview a wide range of residents across many different age groups and living styles and from both old and new residents. Each was asked what home means to them and what it means to call Cary, NC their home.

The interviews from the Cary residents were recorded in photos, videos and handwritten notes. This information was then organized and presented to the citizens of Cary, NC in a unique art exhibition through a combination of maps, digital frames, traditional frames, TV and computers. Their findings allowed Helen and Alessandra to discover and then present many of the features that make Cary different, but also the same, as other towns across the country.

A temporary residence was obtained for the project and furnishings were purchased from the local Salvation Army to provide a homey setting for the visitors. The 2 organizers gathered the photos and handwritten memories of their visits and displayed them in various ways on the windows and walls of the house.

The kitchen was the display area for 52 traditional frames, each of which contained a photo and a statement that showed its location. These were cleverly arranged on the wall to relate to each one's location within a Google map of Cary.

The videos that had been recorded were placed on digital frames with headphones under each frame so people could listen privately to the interviews. Computers allowed people to scroll to their own interviews if they wished to. A giant TV screen was also placed in one room for visitors to watch the interviews.

The video interviews on the digital frames were a resounding success. It was here that the real connecting took place. As each of the interviewees introduced themselves and intimately shared their home lives and their memories of the town, the town residents were able to connect with their neighbors in ways that would not have been possible without this project.

The citizens of Cary were treated to a rare and unique view of their town and its inhabitants and all those that participated in the interviews felt honored to be a part of this amazing project. Those residents who visited the exhibit were truly able to connect to it and to each other and to feel a closeness and a connection to their community and its members they had not experienced before.

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