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The Evolving Digital Photo Frame

[From October Issue 2010]

写真左:JD-4C1(シャープ) 写真右:FinePix REAL(富士フィルム)

Nowadays, most cameras are digital. Many photo frames have become digital and multi-functional too.

Sharp Corporation has developed the “InteriorPhone” JD-7C1 and JD-4C1 phone systems which combine a cordless phone with a digital photo frame. If the corresponding phone number and photo are registered within the “InteriorPhone” directory, the user can make a call just by touching the photo. Conversely, when there is an incoming call from a registered number, the monitor will display that caller’s photo. The unit can also be used as a regular digital photo frame when the phone is not in use. The JD-7C1 also has a function that allows all incoming faxes to be displayed as images on the machine’s monitor.

The InteriorPhone uses high-speed, infrared communication (an infrared, data exchange system) as well as accepting photos from cell phones and digital camera memory cards. Photos can be viewed as a slideshow, or arranged as a calendar or clock form. The countdown function (4C1 only), which includes messages such as “x days until parents’ school meeting” while displaying the child’s image in the background, is useful because it helps remind people of important dates and events.

“Today many people have cell phones. So, after pondering what their home phone needs might be, we came up with this phone that displays photos. To make an even more convenient product to be placed in the living room, we added a timer (JD-4C1 only) and some other functions while keeping the touch-panel simple,” says MOTOYA Tamon, the person responsible for Sharp’s product planning.

FUJIFILM Corporation has also developed a digital photo frame, the FinePix REAL 3D V1. Images taken with the FinePix REAL 3D W1 digital camera can be displayed in 3D form using their specially designed frame. No special 3D glasses are necessary.

This digital photo frame doesn’t show just one image, but can be programmed to display a succession of images or a number of images simultaneously. It also has an easy search function, enabling the viewer to quickly find their preferred image. You can display 72 small size images at once and search by image category. Additionally, it can also reproduce moving images with stereo sound.

SAITO Hiroyuki, FUJIMOTO S h i n i c h i a n d MAT SUDA Norihisa, all part of FUJIFILM Corporation’s Department of Research and Development, conceived this idea together. They said that “in order to make a 3D system that can be enjoyed by anybody, anywhere and anytime, we had to take away the need for 3D glasses. With the eyeglasses, 3D images can be seen rather easily, but we wanted them to be seen without them, which took a lot of effort for us to develop.”

So far this year, many 3D TVs and 3D PCs have been released for family use. Soon, we can expect both photos and films to become even more interesting.

Sharp Corporation
FUJIFILM Corporation

Text: SAZAKI Ryo


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