A Digital Picture Frame Is My Favorite Way to Keep in Touch

I first encountered Aura Frame in August, when we wrote about gear to keep in touch. Long distances. All of the products were fun to use, and offered something unique to people who are far from the people they love. But they can also be expensive, especially since some of them are slightly artificial. Digital frames, although quite expensive, seem more practical.

Of course, devices like these have been around for some time. The first time I saw a digital picture frame in the early 2000s, it was clearly a type of behavior, with vague, PowerPoint style animated variations between the Pixley screen and the images. Even five years ago, the technique had not improved much; In 2015, Seattle times Digital frames are called “bargain-bin jokes”. They were just not good. But as mobile screens have become better, the technology inside digital picture frames has also dramatically improved. The latest models are receiving rave reviews, and they are gaining in popularity – especially as gifts – for good reason.

Aura frames are proof of this massive improvement. Pictures on the Aura look lively, but the screen does not shine like a computer display. A sensor also automatically adjusts the display brightness based on available light, so it does not remain in a dark room. (Mine is set so the screen turns off when all the lights are off.) There is not a jagged pixel in sight; Even scanned film pictures look great. When you look really close, you can see that it doesn’t look like a photo printed inside a glass frame, but the image doesn’t really look digital either. This is good. When my sister visited, she commented that she did not realize it was a digital display until the picture suddenly changed. (I should note that I have only tried frames Aura, but Nixplay There is another popular brand you can consider.)

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Mason Frame, also from Aura.

Photo: Aura

The reason for these great gifts is because of the way photos can be shared. The owner of the frame can load photos directly from their phone to their frame using Abha’s mobile app. But they can also use the app to add “members” to frames and invite others to leave photos in their library. So if you give one of these to your parents, you and all your siblings can easily add pictures of their families. They would appear hundreds or thousands of miles away, at mom and dad’s frames. Seeing a new picture makes the heart go awry. The frame owner can tap the almost hidden touch bar at the top of the frame to see who added each photo and when. They can also cycle through the album to view specific photos, and mark their favorite photos with a heart. Setting up Aura’s frames doesn’t require a lot of effort, and the app is easy to navigate, so even the most novice can understand the technicalities.