We've been talking a lot about second generation hardware at CES this year, but it's not just Intel and AMD who are unveiling their next iterative step toward consumers' pockets. Kodak has disclosed plans to update its Pulse digital photo frame -- you know, the one that can receive images via its very own email address -- with a new Quick Comments feature plus an activity sensor that switches the display off when no humanoids are moving about in front of it. It doesn't seem like you'll be able to author your own comments when responding to the sender of your latest pic, though you will be able to communicate via a selection of gorgeous pre-canned proclamations like the always popular "OMG!" and the ever-versatile "LOL!" The new Pulse will be arriving in the spring, costing $130 for the 7-inch variety or $200 for its 10-inch SKU. Skip past the break for the full press release.
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Jan. 4, 2011


KODAK PULSE Digital Frame Goes Social

Winner of 2011 Innovations Award for Eco-Design and Sustainable Technology

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 4 -- Eastman Kodak Company today announced the next generation of its award-winning KODAK PULSE Digital Frame. The popular wireless frame with its own email address now has an extra shot of social – allowing you to comment on the pictures you receive from friends and family the moment you receive them. A Quick Comment button on the touchscreen lets you communicate back to the picture sender directly from the frame and includes options like Such a KODAK MOMENT, LOL!, OMG!, Congrats! and Wish I were there!

With the Wi-Fi enabled KODAK PULSE Digital Frame, you can create a custom email address to easily receive new pictures wirelessly from mobile phones, smartphones and any device with email capability. The PULSE Frame also connects to FACEBOOK and KODAK Gallery albums so pictures are streamed to your frame automatically. In addition, you can now create playlists to choose the pictures you want to see the most. Available in 7-inch and 10-inch sizes, the KODAK PULSE Digital Frame also has a new built-in activity sensor that turns the frame on when you're nearby and conserves power when you're not.

"It's now even more fun to share pictures using your KODAK PULSE Digital Frame with new features like Quick Comment that give you a two-way connection to family and friends. Now, you can let your friends know what you think of the pictures they send you right away from your frame," said Phil Scott, Vice President of Marketing, Digital Capture and Devices, Kodak. "With the enhanced sharing and social networking features of the PULSE Frame, Kodak is making it simple and fun to stay connected and celebrate and relive life's moments."

KODAK PULSE Digital Frame Features:

* Custom email address to easily receive pictures
* Connect to pictures on FACEBOOK and KODAK Gallery accounts
* Full touchscreen in 7-inch or 10-inch high-quality display featuring KODAK Color Science and LED backlighting
* Quick Comment button lets you communicate back to picture senders directly
* Built-in activity sensor and ENERGY STAR qualified
* Easy setup – no software to install
* Create a playlist of your favorite pictures
* Rotate pictures on the screen with just a touch
* Store up to 4000* pictures with 512 MB of internal memory
* Makes a great gift – easily set up and manage the frame for someone else

The KODAK PULSE Digital Frame will be available in 7-inch for U.S. $129.95 and 10-inch for U.S. $199.95 in spring 2011 at major retailers and Kodak.com.

The International Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) recognized the new KODAK PULSE Digital Frame as a winner of the Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award in the Eco-Design and Sustainable Technology category for its energy efficient features including the activity sensor, ENERGY STAR and LED backlighting. The first generation PULSE Frame was also recognized as an Innovations Award winner in the Digital Imaging category.

*Actual storage capacity will vary based on image content size.

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