Today a new household Internet "appliance" hits the market: a digital picture frame made by Ceiva Logic, a West Hollywood company.
It looks like a regular picture frame, some 6 inches by 4 1/2 inches with wood and glass. But it has a wire that connects it to a phone line and with that, a connection to the World Wide Web. You could give this digital picture frame to your mom--who doesn't own a computer--and you control a rotation of photos in the frame that are changed via the Web. Your mom wouldn't have to do anything, except look at the photos.
The digital picture frame is available only through the company's Web site at http://www.ceiva.com, and costs $249, plus $3 a month for a Web account that holds 250 pictures. Admittedly, this is pricey, given that an entire PC can be purchased for less than $500.
Consumers upload images from a PC to the Web site. The frame automatically then dials into the Ceiva Web site every night and downloads 10 images specified by the user.
The frame has only two buttons--one controls brightness, the other tells the frame whether to show a single image or to give a slide-show of the 10 stored images.