Darling eStarling is back from the dead

Finally, eStarling has a follow-up to its 5.6-inch, WiFi-enabled, Web 2.0-friendly digital photo frame

Last year, ThinkGeek started selling a 5.6-inch, Wi-Fi-enabled photo frame--"the first Web 2.0-compatible image appliance"--from a company called eStarling, and it sold out almost immediately. According to the folks at ThinkGeek, the frame "connects to a wireless network and automatically displays photos e-mailed to it in a slide show format. Additionally, you can specify an RSS photo feed from Flickr based on your own tagged keywords. You can even shoot photos on your mobile phone, then e-mail them directly to your eStarling frame for display."

Sounds pretty good, right? Well, eStarling couldn't make the frames fast enough. In fact, judging from the company's Web site, it looks like eStarling hasn't been able to make them at all for a while.

"Finally, we are ready to tell you about eStarling again," a message on the Web site reads. "We apologize for having been silent since our January 2006 trial launch. Yes, we have had difficulties in fulfilling the strong demand for eStarling primarily because of an LCD supply problem. But we do plan to ship eStarling during this coming Christmas. Stay tuned to this Web site because we will deliver to you an improved eStarling that includes a few good surprises!"

Well, the new eStarling frame has officially been unveiled, though it isn't quite for sale yet (preorders are being taken). This model is a 7-inch frame that carries a $250 price tag. It views JPEG and BMP files and includes an MMC/SD expansion slot for storing additional images beyond the 30 that the frame's internal memory can store. Supposedly, the display is improved, but no word on the resolution, so we'll reserve judgment until we get our hands on a review unit.

For more details (notice how I said "details," not "deets"), go to ThinkGeek.

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Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable e-reader and e-publishing expert. He's also the author of the novels Knife Music and The Big Exit. Both titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, and Nook e-books.

 

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