Years ago, electronic picture frames came onto the market, which could display images either manually loaded onto the device or transferred via WiFi. While an interesting concept, the fact that they constantly draw power when on, and they glow — like a television, not a framed photo — meant that they aren’t always a great replacement for printed photos.
Raphael Stäbler, however, has come up with something different, in the form of a digital picture frame that uses ePaper instead of a glowing display. This allows his ESP8266-based prototype to appear much closer to an actual printed photo than the glowing alternative. Perhaps just as importantly, the fact that this type of display only uses power when changing the image shown means that his device can run for up to a year on battery power without recharging.
The planned consumer version is currently funding on Kickstarter, and will sport a better 8-inch 4-bit grayscale screen , with a 1024 x 768 resolution. A data transfer app will also be included for picture transfer, which will be open sourced. So if there’s a feature not available, you can theoretically add it in.
Kickstarter rewards consist of finished metallic framed pictures, as well as a DIY electronics kit without an actual frame. So whether you want to just showcase your pictures, or build a device that’s entirely your own, Stäbler’s product looks really interesting!