DIA Parrot by nodesign
Linda Cheng checks out the 'not another picture frame', DIA Parrot by nodesign
Digital photography killed the printed photograph. And then came a whole host of digital photo frames – poorly considered, gimmicky devices – and let’s face it, does anyone actually own one?
So, I know what you’re thinking: not another digital photo frame! But DIA is so much more than that.
DIA is designed by Jean-Louis Frechin and Uro Petrevski of French design consultancy nodesign who specialise in digital services and products focusing on the human aspects. They took Parrot’s simple brief for a digital photo frame to a whole new level, creating a photo sharing device unlike any other.
Photos are projected onto the high resolution LCD screen from the bottom and backlit like a light box, giving it the crisp, sharp quality of a digital Ektachrome® picture (for those of you who don’t know what that is, think the gorgeous photos you adore in National Geographic).
DIA is equipped with a range of applications, including Holidays, which allows you to create photographic journeys with the help of geotagging and Google Maps. There’s also an onboard browser, DIA uses Google Android operating system, and plug in a keyboard and mouse via USB ports and you can even use it as a screen.
Connectivity with this frame is pretty awesome too. As well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you can flick photos from an iPhone straight onto the screen, it also hosts 12 email addresses, allow you (or anyone else for that matter) to send photos from anywhere in the world.