It’s technical and Mom likes it... David Hughes knows he’s onto something
David Hughes III was looking for the best way to describe the electronic image-presentation device he's co-invented.
He had talked about the Digital Frame's rich colors, its remote control, the attraction to museum curators… |
“She's technophobic,” he explained (tenderly) and told how she had been trying to collate, the old-fashioned way, three footlockers of photos going back through her years of marriage to Dave Hughes.
What David did, he explained, was to scan some of those photos into his “frame” and put it on the wall of his parents' house. The next thing he knew, to his amazement and delight, “My mother, the most anti-technical person in the world, was sitting there with this remote, looking at these pictures, resurrecting 60 years of her life.”
The Digital Frame is a wooden-framed box about 16 by 20 inches in size (but could be customized to larger sizes) and runs off regular electricity A little computer inside the device allows images to be imported from different media.
“The most compelling thing to me is that it connects to the Internet,” Hughes said. “You can push stuff to it - from 1 to 1,000 frames.” Full motion and sound are also possible.
Plugged in, the box displays images one after another, at changeable speeds, in a “high-grade liquid crystal display (LCD)” format, he said.
Seeking to achieve better quality than the plasma screens that are popularly marketed, he's been marketing the Digital Frame to museums, with the idea of using it to display documents, art and photographs that might otherwise be mothballed because of lack of space. Related to this plan is his effort to code in the capability to protect intellectual property (such as a museum would have), that could allow limited electronic release instead of the type of unlimited, Internet-wide image dissemination that tramples on artistic license and often results in reduced quality.
He said he has received encouragement from professional photographers, as well as an orthodontist who thought the clarity good enough to show a usable representation of patients' teeth.
Hughes, an engineer and photographer, said he is partnering in the project with Digiframe, a New York company.
A major step forward is scheduled for this weekend, when Hughes is scheduled to display the Digital Frame in conjunction with the Sigma Corporation of America at the PMA Annual Convention and Trade Show. (The acronym is short for Photo Marketing Association International.) Hughes said the convention is the largest of its kind in the world.
Locally, Hughes has Digital Frame boxes set up at A Touch of Class in Old Colorado City (except during the trade show) and Phantom Canyon in downtown Colorado Springs.
Not to mention his mom's house.
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