Vizit digital photo frame? 'Tis a shame, really. But hey, if you were one of the millions gifted with a lackluster, non-connected digiframe over the past few years, at least the aforesaid company is giving you a way to make things right. The outfit's newly launched Mini is one special USB key, embedded with an AT&T 3G SIM and tailor made to provide cellular connectivity to dormant frames. The key is linked to one's VizitMe content management service, and users will be able to email photos directly or have the device extract content from Photobucket and LIFE.com; once received, owners will see new images pop up on any frame that accepts USB keys. Furthermore, these same emailed images can be viewed on USB-equipped monitors and televisions. The company's planning to ship the Mini in Q2 of this year for an undisclosed rate, but naturally, we're more interested in the potential unadvertised capabilities. An off-contract, fee-free USB key with an AT&T SIM card within? Sounds like we're just a hack or two away from the most beautiful mobile broadband card this world has ever seen.
Isabella Products Unveils Mini™, World's First Cellular-Connected USB for Photo-Sharing, at CES in Las Vegas
Mini™ adds wireless capability to connect millions of digital displays to the VizitMe service
CONCORD, MA January 5, 2011 -Isabella Products, a leading mobile Internet device and services company, today announced MiniTM, the world's first wirelessly connected USB stick for the photo-sharing market. Powered by AT&T's mobile broadband network, Mini is poised to deliver real-time photo sharing to millions of unconnected digital photo frames, displays, and televisions through Isabella's VizitMe content management service. Mini will essentially enable users to connect their digital photo frames wirelessly, enabling remote access and management such that new photos can be delivered to the frame in just minutes.
By connecting to the VizitMe content management service, users can directly upload photos to Mini, securely store their photo collection, and manage their friends and family in Mini's own dedicated online contact list. Mini will also be equipped to receive third party content from partners like Photobucket and LIFE.com. Users can simply plug Mini into their existing digital photo frame or digital television to breathe new life into a previously unconnected device. Mini will be available in Q2 2011 on VizitMe.com and through other select online and offline retailers.
"We are extremely excited to introduce Mini as our next innovative mobile Internet device aimed at connecting families wirelessly from anywhere in the U.S." said Matthew I. Growney, Founder and CEO of Isabella Products. "The flexibility of the VizitMe.com platform allows us to effectively connect unconnected USB-enabled digital photo frames through a pocket-sized mobile device like Mini so consumers can enjoy real-time photo sharing."
"Mini is another innovative solution from Isabella that quickly and conveniently connects family and friends through photos," said Glenn Lurie, president, emerging devices, AT&T. "By connecting over AT&T's mobile broadband network, photo frames no longer need to sit idle. We look forward to helping redefine photo-sharing for families across the nation."
Family and friends can immediately begin sending photos to Mini through a dedicated email address that connects to the frame in real-time. Mini can be enjoyed with a digital photo frame at home and taken next door where it is plugged into another display device like a digital television for friends and family to collectively watch vacation photos, share in wedding memories, celebrate an anniversary, or recap the year in pictures.
Businesses can use Mini to cost effectively create a digital signage network. Business owners or retailers can remotely manage their existing digital displays or digital televisions by using Mini and VizitMe to remotely update or modify content, target specific locations, provide custom offers, or simply enhance real-time messaging.
For more information about Mini and Isabella's product portfolio, please go to www.isabellaproducts.com.
About Isabella Products, Inc.
Isabella Products, Inc. is a mobile Internet device company focused on developing innovative solutions for emerging consumer needs. Through its VizitMe content management service, Isabella will effectively and securely deliver and manage real-time content experiences among a portfolio of innovative products. With its initial product, Vizit®, Isabella enables consumers to interact with the billions of unshared images found within camera phones, PCs and the Internet by combining a state-of-the-art touch-screen display with wireless network capabilities. Also part of the Isabella product portfolio is the recently announced FableTM, a handheld, connected children's tablet for reading, drawing and gaming. Isabella Products is led by a world-class management team with deep experience in the mobile and consumer electronics industries. For more information, please visit www.isabellaproducts.com.