Kodak Digital Frames
Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection in January of 2012 and is planning to stop producing digital frames, digital cameras (except for a few disposable point and shoot cameras) and pocket video cameras by mid 2012.
It is estimated this will save the company more than $100 million/year and allow for concentration on its more profitable lines, such as printers and supplies.
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The company will seek revenues from licensing patents it holds in the areas of "dedicated capture devices" and on attracting companies that might need some of its patents. (Kodak has licensed its digital imaging patents to more than 30 tech companies, including LG, Motorola, and Nokia, with all of those licenses bearing royalties to Kodak.)
In recent times, Kodak has sued Apple, HTC, Fujifilm and Samsung for violating various Kodak patents. Many of these include certain built-in camera and photo apps which rely on various digital technologies held by Kodak. Kodak also owns patents that cover a number of basic functions in many Smartphone cameras. Some of these include the ability to send an image from a digital camera, to e-mail images, and to send images over a cellular or Wi-Fi network.
What Will Be Left?The core of the future business of Kodak will focus on:
- commercial printing
- photo kiosks and digital dry lab systems for photo printing at retailers
- home photo printers
- photo and document scanners and supplies
- camera accessories and batteries
- still and motion-picture film, chemicals and paperdisposable film cameras
- high-speed commercial inkjet printers and supplies, including ink and paper and workflow software and packaging
What's Does this Mean for KODAK PULSE and other WIRELESS KODAK DIGITAL FRAMES?
At this time, Kodak has stated that it will honor product warranties and provide technical support for all discontinued products. The KODAK ONLINE GALLERY service will definitely continue.
However, the viability of the Kodak Pulse website may be in limbo. This site is the interface for the wireless activity of the Pulse, including photo sharing from the Kodak Gallery and Facebook. Without the Pulse website, current and future Pulse owners may find that they are pretty much left with just a simple plug and play digital photo frame.
The main Kodak website states states the following question and answer that pertains to both the Pulse website and the future of the EasyShare button software:
- Will you continue to support the Pulse digital frame solution and Share Button software for customers who did and will purchase those products?
- Yes, Kodak will maintain the Pulse network solution and Share Button solution for customers who purchased the products as legally required by local country regulations. Kodak will continue to honor all warranties, and will continue to provide technical support and service for its cameras, pocket video cameras and frames.
If you are a Pulse owner, please contact Kodak and request that the Kodak Pulse website remain available indefinitely. Please do the following:
- Go to the Kodak website and start an online chat.
- Request information on the Kodak Pulse website.
- After the chat, a survey will appear.
- Request that the Kodak Pulse website remain up indefinitely in the box at the end of the survey.
If enough people request it, Kodak may listen!
UPDATE ON KODAK GALLERYIn March of 2012, Kodak will sell its Kodak Gallery to the photo site Shutterfly. Since Shutterfly has in the past deleted photos from its acquisitions, it is hoped that this will not happen with the Kodak Gallery.
Kodak, the manufacturer of Kodak Digital Frames has been producing cameras and photographic products and processes since 1888, when George Eastman made a simple-to-use camera accessible to a world of consumers. The slogan at the time was “you press the button, we do the rest.” Eastman’s goal was to make photography “as convenient as the pencil.”
Kodak invented the digital camera in 1975 but did not move quickly to commercialize it. Digital imaging is the basis of many of Kodak's patents and the company began licensing intellectual property in 2000. Today, the Kodak brand is recognized world-wide as Kodak continues to find new, useful and enjoyable ways for images to connect people in their daily lives.
Kodak offers a good range of different types of Kodak digital frames under the following categories. Please note, this is just an overview. There is an in depth review of the Kodak Pulse Digital Frame on this website. Reviews of other Kodak digital frames are scheduled.
Categories of Kodak Digital Frames
Kodak digital frames are categorized as Photo frames (P), Décor frames (D), Multi-Media frames (M), Cordless frames (S) and
Wireless frames(W) including the wireless Pulse.
Photo Frames: P825, P730, P730m, P725 and P520
The screen resolution of the P825 and the P725 is 800 x 600. The P730 and the P730m have 800 x 480 resolutions. The smallest, the P 520, has a screen resolution of 320 x 234.
These Kodak digital frames are meant for photo sharing only. They are “plug and play” and come in 8”(P825), 7”(P730 and P730m) and 5”(P520) displays.
The P725, the P825 and the P520 come in an aspect ratio of 4:3, the others in 16:9.
All but the P520 have 512 MG of internal memory and can store up to 4000 pictures.
The P825 and the P725 have button controls while the others have touch controls in Kodak Quick Touch Borders.
Only the P730 and P730m have collage, calendar and clock modes available.
Decor Frames: D825 and D830
The 2 Décor Kodak digital frames can pair with hundreds of standard picture frames to fit into any decor. Only the D825 has interchangeable faceplates.
Both the D825 and the D830 have 8” screens, 4:3 aspect ratios, screen resolutions of 800 x 600 and come with 512 MB of internal memory.
The D825 has buttons while the D830 uses the Kodak Quick-Touch Border Control for navigation.
Collage, calendar and clock modes are only available in the D830.
Multimedia Frames: M820 and M1020
The M820 is the 8” multi-media frame and the M1020 is the 10.2” version. Both have interchangeable faceplates.
Neither of these Kodak digital frames have collage, calendar or clock modes.
Because they are multi-media frames, they both play video and audio as well as display photos.
Both frames have aspect ratios of 16:9, screen resolutions of 800 x 480 and can store up to 1000 pictures each with their 128 MB of internal memory.
Both frames use the Kodak Quick Touch Border screen interface for navigation.
Cordless Frame: S730
The 7" S730 is the only cordless model of Kodak digital frames. It comes with a built-in one hour rechargeable battery. The battery charges in a little over 2 hours. The battery will speedily charge 80% and then slowly charge to 100%. This will prevent "peaking" where a batty thinks it is fully charged before it really is.
The S730 and can store up to 8000 pictures with its 1GB of internal memory. When images are saved to the internal memory of the frame, they are automatically compressed to the same size to make optimal use of the storage capability.
The screen resolution of this frame is 800 x 480 and the aspect ratio is 15:9.
The S730 is also a multi-media frame and can play a variety of audio and video formats.
The S730 uses the Kodak Quick Touch Border with a motion sensor.
Collage, clock and calendar modes are available.
This frame is the only one that Kodak makes that includes the Picture Finder feature. Just choose any image and Picture Finder will find more pictures from that date.
Wireless Frames: Kodak Pulse, W820, W1020 and EX811
Of the wireless Kodak digital frames, only the Pulse has its own unique email address for sending photos wirelessly from computers and camera-equipped cellphones.
The W820 and the EX811 have 8" displays. The W1020 comes with a 10.2" display. The Kodak Pulse has a 7" screen.
Screen resolutions are 800 x 480 for all but the Pulse whcih has an 800 x 600 resolution.
All have 16:9 aspect ratios except the Pulse which as a 4:3 ratio.
The Pulse has a full-touch screen interface, the EX811 comes with a remote and the other 2 utilize the Kodak Quick Touch Border interface.
The EX811 has 128MB of internal Memory. All the rest have 512 MB capacity.
Only the Pulse has the collage mode and none have clock or calendar modes.
The Pulse is the only one of the 4 that does not play audio or video files.
Kodak wireless frames can stream photos from the Kodak Easyshare Gallery as well as from other photo sharing sites such as Flickr, Photobucket and Picasa. All except the Pulse can also connect to the free FrameChannel service to access RSS type streaming media such as news and weather.
The Pulse can stream photos automatically from designated Facebook albums.
In September of 2010, Kodak released the new 10" Kodak Pulse Digital Frame. This was evidently in response to the overwhelming popularity of the 7" model and requests from consumers for the same functionality in a larger screen size.
KODAK QUICK TOUCH BORDER
The Kodak Quick-Touch Border system is well worth mentioning. There are many ways to access the various functions and features of a digital frame. Remote controls are very common but they can easily get lost or misplaced. Many digital frames today have buttons, touch screen controls or a combination of these for access. But buttons can detract from an otherwise sleek appearance, often making the frames look more like TVs or computer monitors. Touch screens on the actual viewing area can also be a source of fingerprint smudges.
Kodak digital frames that use the Kodak Quick-Touch Border have touch controls on a border which is integrated into the frame itself. Fingers never touch the viewing area of the screen! This is the beauty of Kodak’s Quick-Touch Border. The simplicity and convenience of a touch screen without those annoying fingerprints.
KODAK PICTURE KIOSKS-NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO PRESERVE and SHARE TREASURED MOMENTS
Kodak, inventor of the photo kiosk in 1993, is continuing the goal of its founder, George Eastman to help consumers to share their lives in photos in new, easy-to-use and enjoyable ways.
The Kodak Picture Kiosk Software version G4 uses what Kodak describes as its “Emotional Technology Initiative” or putting technology to work to help consumers to share their lives quickly and easily and to create opportunities for profit for retailers. Several exciting and innovative features can be accessed with this new version. These features offer “win-win” solutions for consumers and retailers alike.
Kodak VIDEO Snapshots! Now it will be possible for consumers to review and select individual frames from personal video clips shot with digital still and point and-shoot digital video cameras (including the newest HD models). These frames can be converted into still images which can then be used to create a number of products.
Kodak Pet Eye Retouch The common problem of pet eye glare caused by flash photography can be eliminated with this feature. With pets ranking very high on the list of photos taken in the US, this should be a very profitable feature for retailers and very much welcomed by pet-loving consumers.
Kodak Facial Retouch Everyone wants to look their best in photos. Who wouldn’t want to use a photo service that smoothes wrinkles, diminishes or erases blemishes and improves skin tone!
Access to the Kodak Gallery, Facebook and Picasa Web Albums For the consumer, this ability is a real time saver and a great way to share treasured photos. For retailers, this is a perfect opportunity to market their in-store services to users of these photo sharing sites. Consumers are also able to print out their favorite pictures directly from Facebook using a Kodak kiosk. Because photos sometimes may not look as sharp when printed out as they do on a Facebook page, Kodak has also updated the in-store kiosks to warn customers when images they are trying to print have too low a resolution to print optimally.
Ability to Purchase Additional Products with One Touch of a Button These products include photo enlargements, collages, picture CD’s, greeting cards, photo books and calendars. In addition, this newest version is faster and requires fewer consumer touches. This results in higher consumer satisfaction and higher profit potential for retailers
KODAK PIC FLICK APP
The Kodak Pic Flick App is a free app for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch devices that enables the uploading of pictures to a Kodak W1020 Wireless Digital Frame. The pictures can also be printed wirelessly on the Kodak ESP 5250 All-in-One Wi-Fi-enabled printer.
This app is another outcome of Kodak’s intended goal to find new, useful and enjoyable ways for people to connect and share memorable moments in meaningful ways. With the availability of this app, Kodak has also given a large number of consumers another cost-effective and energy-saving way to accomplish this goal.
WHERE TO BUY?Kodak frames can be found online at Kodak by clicking here, KODAK EasyShare Digital Frames bring pictures back into your life.
Kodak frames can also be found at other online retailers such as Amazon.com as well as in retail stores worldwide.
KODAK – Ever the Champion of Women Will Sponsor Women’s Conference 2010
Women have been the core customer of Kodak for more than 125 years and the company has long promoted itself as “a champion of women.” The Kodak company refers to women as the Chief Memory Officers in their lives and the lives of their families. Kodak products are designed to increase productivity and enhance the ease of sharing of important moments in women’s lives with their loved ones.
The conference, which is the nation’s premier forum for women, will be held in Long Beach, California for a total of 3 days and draws more than 30,000 women. Kodak reps will be on-site during the conference where the company’s latest products will be featured. In addition, photographers will be shooting highlights from the conference. These images will be shown on the Kodak Times Square Digital Display on Seventh Avenue in New York City as well as a photo of the day on Kodak.com.
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