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IT toys for the technophobic
In a world were true tech geeks are armed with either a wireless laptop or a wireless PDA, where is there a need for Wireless "Photo Frames" And yet gadgets like this exist and command nearly as much money as the far more capable devices they replace! Gasp! Why???

The last time I was this confused I was looking at these "portable LCD DVD players. The smaller ones I can sort of understand, but when you make an LCD DVD player that is the same size shape and weight as a laptop, I fail to see the advantage of owning it at all, especially when they cast about the same as buying a two year old refurbished laptop, which is just as capable of playing DVDs and can also perform a few other tasks as well.

Truth be told, a stock I've recently invested in announced the production of this product so I ought to be happy, but really I'm not. I find it extremely hard to believe that this device will actually do anything more than be an overpriced toy for people with more money than brains.

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liandriel From: liandriel Date: January 16th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wireless photo frames are designed to be more decorative than functional, for the geek who wants to show off digital photos of the vacation or the fishing trip or the grandkids or whatever. I wouldn't say it's for the totally technophobic, as you would have to be just a little savvy in order to set it up.

Impractical? A money sink? Sure; but so are many other gadgets and interior design options -- and this is both.
dianec42 From: dianec42 Date: January 16th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was at CES last week, and I swear every time I turned a corner there were 5 more booths showing digital photo frames(*). I didn't get close enough to investigate the wirelessness thereof. And they somehow all seem to think they're being innovative or original or something! Ugh.

(*) and 10 booths crammed full of brightly coloured iPod speakers. Did I say "Ugh" already?
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