Recycling Yesterday’s Innovations and Reporting Them As New

Yesterday's NewsTwo evenings ago, the New York Times posted an article in their “Gadgetwise” column entitled: Filling a Photo Frame via a Celluar Network. Rik Fairlie, the author, describes how bothersome it can be for adult children to keep the digital frames, given to parents as gifts, stocked with fresh photos. He writes, “you’re probably tired of driving over to your parents’ house to deliver a new SD card that refreshes the photos.” Fairlie then goes on to say that  “Soon, you won’t have to. A new company called Isabella Products will start a service called Vizit in mid-October that lets you send photos… to digital photo frame remotely.”


We here at CEIVA started offering photo sharing services to remote frames over 9 years ago. In fact, the New York Times wrote a story about CEIVA providing this type of service back in 2000.  Then in 2002, they wrote a story about grandparents and how the CEIVA photo share technology can keep them connected to family.

Now, I do not have a problem with telling the Vizit story and writing of the service they want to provide. But to taut this type of service as NEW… that just isn’t right. I mean let’s give credit for innovation where credit is due. In today’s information age, a little bit of research would have set the record straight.

So for the sake of journalistic accuracy and clarification, I thought I would post a comment on the “Gadgetwise” article citing how the New York Times had already announced this innovation years ago. Written below is a copy of what I wrote as a comment… which, at the time of writing this blog, oddly has not been posted.

All I can think of is “Imitation is the most serious form of flattery.”

While the ability to share and send digital photos to remote frames may seem new to some, actually it is a service we here at CEIVA have been providing our frame owners for nearly a decade now.

In fact, The New York Times has covered the CEIVA story from our start back in 2000. Here are some excerpts from past New York Times articles:

1.) NYT ARTICLE: STATE OF THE ART; A Frame To Hold Your Pixels, By Peter H. Lewis Published: Thursday, March 2, 2000 “Using Ceiva’s technology, one can send up-to-the-minute pictures of the kids to Grandma’s bedside table anywhere in the country…”

2.) NYT ARTICLE: Digital-Generation Gifts for Radio-Generation Parents, By Jeffrey Selingo Published: Thursday, November 21, 2002 “…interested in sending your parents new pictures of the grandchildren every day, you might consider the Ceiva picture frame…”

3.) NYT ARTICLE: When a Picture Is So Good It Deserves a Frame, By Wilson Rothman Published: June 5, 2007 “Ceiva, which pioneered the connected frame concept more than seven years ago… downloads pictures that you have uploaded or family members have shared.”

We here at CEIVA continue to improve our products, and in the time since these articles were written our digital frames have evolved and improved a great deal.

While our users have been able to send pictures from their cell phones to a CEIVA Frame for quite a few years now, last November we created a FREE iPhone app called CEIVA Snap… which our users love.

Facebook users also enjoy the FREE CEIVA Sender app we have developed. This simple app allows users to send pictures directly out of their Facebook Albums and into family and friend’s CEIVA Frames.

CEIVA is proud to have been the innovative leader in the world of photo sharing to digital photo frames… and we look forward to developing new ways to make the photo sharing experience even more rewarding as time and technology moves on.

So for now, even though the New York Times has forgotten it… that’s what CeivaJoe knows.


Dealing With a Little Frame Of Horrors?

Digital Frame Of HorrorsThey seem simple, they seem easy, they seem innocent enough. But many digital frame owners, who have bought and/or gifted typical “card reader” type frames are finding out that, like that beast of a plant in the Little Shop of Horrors, typical digital frames can become hungry creatures with demanding and hard to manage appetites.

Digital cameras have grown to be a much bigger part of all our lives than traditional film cameras ever were. Because this is so, owning and/or giving a digital frame to display the best pictures of our lives has become quite enticing. However, not knowing what to expect or need in digital frame has resulted in consumers often buying low functioning frames. How user friendly the frame is when it comes to selecting, editing and moving your favored pictures from a camera and into a frame, is rarely considered… especially when a buyer is dazzled with a super low price.

Without a doubt cameras make it so easy and convenient to generate pictures… a digital frame’s “food.” But, until you own a digital frame that regurgitates the same batch of old pictures over and over and over again, will you understand just how “hungry” a frame can get. What makes the hunger pains worse is the fact that you know you have a camera card or hard drive full of fresh pictures waiting to be fed into your digital frame(s).

If you are responsible for feeding pictures to multiple frames then the process becomes even more horrific. All the time and effort it took to feed your first frame must now be duplicated on the second frame. If that second frame has been given as a gift, typically to less tech savvy parents or grandparents, then feeding the second frame can be even more of a nightmare… especially if the frame is located away from your home  or a computer.

So while digital camera technology makes it easy to snap up the moments of our life, and snap we do, getting pictures to the frame(s) so that we can display and share those moments takes time and effort. Having one tool that allows you to easily (1) weed out, (2) edit/personalize (3) organize and (4) move pictures onto one or multiple frames are features and services not typically bundled with digital frames of today.  Except for one… CEIVA.

CEIVA provides their frame owners with one comprehensive tool to feed and care for all their digital frame’s picture display and sharing needs. Our frames, with our award winning Picture Plan, allow you to select, upload, safely store, edit/personalize, and send your treasured pictures directly into the hungry frames you manage and also share your pictures to the hungry frames owned by friends and family… even Grandma’s.

With CEIVA frames you can tame the framed digital beast and never hear the dreaded “Feed me Some-more!

So until the next post… that’s what CeivaJoe knows!


Do You Suffer from Multi-Mother Guilt Disorder?

stamp-outIt’s just about that time of year when millions of you will again suffer from your annual spring flair up of Multi-Mother Guilt Disorder (MMGD). In fact, many of you will suffer an attack and not even know it.

What is Multi-Mother Guilt Disorder? Typically, it is the panic and the guilt associated with Mother’s Day gift giving.

How did you acquire MMGD? Well, first of all don’t worry only adults suffer from it. However, you need to know that most likely you caught it as a child. Typically the progression of the disorder goes something like this.

It starts early each year as a new crop of kids smash their open palms in to a wet disc of plaster that is to become their first Mother’s day gift. They let their special gift dry, paint it, and finish by tying a pretty ribbon to it. Then as this gift passes from their hands to their Mother’s, the seeds MMGD are sown.

Each year the gifts for our Mom got better, and those who qualified as a “Mom” expanded. Somewhere along the way, Grandma’s became Moms. For many, because of a divorce, a step-mother qualified for a gift. When you married, you may have not only gained a Mother-in-law but also your spouse’s two Grand Mothers. Then what about that favorite Aunt that never married and who was like a “second mother”? Doesn’t she deserve a gift on Mother’s day too?

I think you get the point. We all start out with one mother and end up with a multitude of special women that should be honored on Mother’s day. The guilt and panic (MMGD) sets in as you try to pick the perfect gift befitting the love, respect and admiration you have for each of them.

Good news! CEIVA cures MMGD! How? Well, first getting them all the SAME gift is the great equalizer that ends the worry over one Mom finding out what the other Mom got.

Plus a CEIVA frame is the gift that keeps on giving. Through the years you and ANY of your Multi-Mom’s loved ones will be able to send digital photos directly INTO any and all of the frames you give as gifts, including Grandmas… even if she doesn’t have a computer! You see, because you send a picture directly to the frame a computer is not needed. This is why sometimes our frames are referred to as “photo receivers” and there are NO digital frames in the world that can do this.

So if you want to cure your own case of MMGD and at the same time connect to one or many Mothers in your life … CEIVA Digital Photo Frames are for you. Plus, right now you can SAVE 20%! Click here to visit the CEIVA Store for details.

So until the next post… that’s what CeivaJoe knows!