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Are the days of traditional photo frames numbered?

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With the growth in popularity around digital content such as photos, videos and music, consumers want new and interesting ways to display their content in their homes or at the office.

It is very possible that digital photo frames could become commonplace in households and on office desks to replace traditional printed photos in some instances.
This is according to Reon Coetzee, marketing manager for Toshiba South Africa and Africa, as the company announced the launch of its new Gigaframe Q8 digital photo frame.
“The advent of digital photography means that people are taking more photos than ever before," he says. "It is estimated that some 80-billion digital photographs are taken world wide every year and that number is just growing as digital cameras come down in price.
“What this means is that people are becoming more selective about which photos they actually print because they have instant access to their entire photo collections stored on their computers or on portable storage and it would be physically impossible to put every single photo that a person takes on display all at once,” Coetzee says.
But what if you could load all the photos from a holiday trip, a wedding or birthday party onto a single memory card and have the pictures displayed in a slideshow on a single photo frame?
Digital photo frames, he says, give consumers this level of flexibility – allowing people to enjoy even more photographs, or even videos and music without having to print new photos and re-framing them.
The new digital photo frame from Toshiba is capable of displaying digital photos and video clips as well as playing music.
The Gigaframe Q8 incorporates an 8-inch touch screen and, with its 4:3 aspect ratio and 800 x 600dpi resolution, it is ideally suited to displaying clear pictures formatted in popular photo sizes.
With 128Mb of pre-installed memory and the option to expand this up to 8Gb with SD, MMC, MS or xD memory cards, users have the ability to store and cycle through literally thousands of photos.
The Gigaframe Q8 also incorporates two stereo speakers, which allows the device to double as an MP3 player or to play music while displaying a digital photograph slideshow, a calendar or the time.
“Products such as digital photo frames offer these consumers the ability to share different types of multimedia in an attractive and futuristic way – making them the next essential household gadget,” Coetzee says.