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Kodak Picture Mail: Email to frames

Kodak has introduced Picture Mail, a function that allows you to push images to Wi-Fi-enabled digital picture frames via the EasyShare online gallery. What will they think of next, eh?

Kodak is continuing to put the easy sharing into EasyShare with a new software feature for its cameras and wireless digital photo frames called Picture Mail. The technology was demonstrated at the recent event in Barcelona where we also got our hands on the HD video-shooting EasyShare V1253.

The EasyShare range of digital cameras includes a handy big red 'share' button that allows for one-touch transfer of images to your computer and to Kodak's online photo gallery. Images can then be sent to Wi-Fi Kodak frames, where an icon appears notifying you that a new photo is waiting.

The EasyShare gallery Web site gives you the option of setting up a safe list so that you aren't inundated with pictures from strangers. Accept or decline the picture and it will be displayed on the frame, allowing you to keep track of your friends and family through the medium of digital photography. With Wi-Fi cameras rumoured to be coming down the pipe from Kodak sometime before 2009, it's clearly the future.

Sadly there's no RSS support, as featured on frames from eStarling, which update automatically when your online buddies update their blogs or photostreams. What is handy is that existing Wi-Fi frames will be able to benefit from the technology because it will be available as a firmware update. Keep an eye on the Kodak EasyShare site for information on the when, where and how. -Rich Trenholm