A digital art frame on sale could mean getting a fresh, new painting at home could be as easy as a quick swipe left or right.
Meural is the company behind the new digital art frame that’ll offer gesture based controls that can allow owners to change the current showcased artwork without even touching the frame.
This isn’t Meural’s first digital art frame, however. Instead, this is a newer version that is considerably slimmer than the original and comes with custom software to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.
On top of the custom software, the new frames available from Meural all come with their own hardware that’s baked into the innards and the digital art is showcased on a 27 inch 1080p IPS display panel.
Out of the box, thousands of popular images and stock art images are available for owners to choose from, but the real fun comes into play when owners add their own favorite art or their favorite family photos.
Meural Digital Art Frame Overview
It’s possible to have your own lifelike Van Gogh, Picasso or Leonardo da Vinci painting in your home, but if you ever decide you’re bored of that, a swipe with your hand in front of the painting can swap out the current artwork with any other digital image you can get your hands on.
Prices start at $595. It seems steep, but when you consider the development and technology that has gone into the Meural frames, it doesn’t seem like such a bad investment.
With a high resolution display for the digital images and a library of thousands of hi-res art pieces straight out of the box, you’re given a lot of freedom which traditional professionally framed art wouldn’t ever give you.
And the framework does feel professional – all of the frames for the Meural products have been designed with care – this is something owners are going to want to have around all the time after all.
Each digital display has it’s own set of built-in ambient light sensors and an anti-glare matte panel so that the display can adjust it’s brightness automatically and stop natural sunlight from taking anything away from the viewing experience.
The Meural does unfortunately have to connect to a wired power adapter, but built-in WiFi and Bluetooth makes it possible to control the on-board images via desktop or a mobile app. The Meural frame has 8GB of storage so you’ll be able to fit a considerable amount of high quality images onto it too.
The device also has 1GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1.8GHz quad core ARM CPU, which is essentially the same type you’d find in a smartphone. With these specs, the digital art frame should be able to run its custom software smoothly without any delay or slowdown.
One concern for digital art frames is that it may never live up to traditional artwork. I can’t agree more here, but with a digital art frame, you’re instead getting a level of convenience never seen before as a trade-off for that conventional feeling of owning a real painting.
The previously mentioned 27 inch panel has the kind of specs you’d need to make high quality artwork appear bright and colorful too, so even if it couldn’t quite parallel the beauty of a real framed piece of art, the digital images can still do a good job at brightening up the home.
If not for the home, the Meural frames could also be set up for use in art museums or galleries – visitors can not only swipe to see additional art, but they can perform other gestures to view written information about the artwork they’re viewing.
It may be a while before we see this kind of technology reach a large number of homes around the globe, but if development for Meural frames and similar products gains enough interest, we may see the cost for such products drop to a more reasonable amount in years to come.
I’d personally consider picking up a pair of Meural frames if the price was a couple hundred dollars cheaper. Would you be interested in a digital art frame like this, and if you are, how much would you be willing to pay for it?
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