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Casio's Digital Art Frame will help you get creative

Laura June

Casio's just announced a new digital photo frame -- the Digital Art Frame. This one, unlike most others, is meant to put a little spark of creativity into your photo-boasting sessions. The 10.2-inch, WSVGA color LCD frame boasts 2GB of internal memory, two SD cards slots, a USB output, and Wireless LAN connectivity. In addition, it boasts about seven "effects," including painting techniques of the masters such as pointillism, gothic, and pastel. Hey, scoff if you must, but making our photos from college parties we went to look like oll paintings sounds a bit fun to us, now that we're... older. The Casio Digital Art Frame will be available in the spring of 2010, but we don't have any pricing information yet -- we'll let you know when we do. Check out the gallery for the full array of effects, and if that's still not enough for you, hit the press release after the break.

Gallery: Casio Digital Art Frame effects | 11 Photos

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Casio's Digital Art Frame Transforms Images into
Works of Art Using Picture Alteration Technology
Next-Generation Digital Imaging Product Revolutionizes Conventional Photo Frames

DOVER, NJ, January 6, 2010 – Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today that it has developed a revolutionary new digital imaging product that transforms ordinary digital photographs into works of fine art.

Utilizing a "snapshot-to-painting conversion" function to render digital photographs into creative and personalized artistic expressions, Casio's Digital Art Frame is unlike any conventional digital photo frame on the market. Going beyond simply decorating a home or office with a revolving view of favorite photographs, Casio's new product can actually create original photographic artwork from digital images, making it more enjoyable than ever to share images with friends and family.

"We are excited to announce yet another innovative product with unparalleled features distinctive to Casio," said Toshiharu Okimuro, Chairman of Casio America, Inc. "The Digital Art Frame adds personalization and artistic integrity to your conventional digital photo frame."

A truly next-generation digital imaging product, the Digital Art Frame converts ordinary photographs into vibrant works of art by using image recognition and image processing technologies. Users can create up to eight different authentic styles of art from a single photo at the push of a button: Water Color Painting, Color Pencil Sketch, Pastel Painting, Pointillism, Air Brush, Oil Painting, Gothic Oil Painting, and Fauvist Oil Painting.

The Digital Art Frame integrates Casio's superior facial recognition technology to create a work of art that highlights facial characteristics in the image, ensuring that people's faces are completely recognizable. Moreover, users can enjoy slide shows with automatic playback of photos, art, or both, just by inserting an SD card with photos on it.

The product also comes with Dynamic Photo, a popular function in Casio's digital cameras that enables the creation of composite moving images. User can combine moving characters directly on the Digital Art Frame. With the included Art Dynamic Photo function, which applies snapshot-to-painting conversion to the Dynamic Photo images, users can create moving works of art to impress and entertain family, friends and guests.

The Digital Art Frame also uses Adobe® Flash® Lite™ playback technology, which allows users to display preset Flash content, such as clocks and calendars, to add a decorative accent to just about any type of room. Users can also download additional content from the internet. Or they can use family photos to make their own homemade clocks and calendars, by combining the Dynamic Photo and snapshot-to-painting conversion functions on the Digital Art Frame and images from a Casio digital camera with high-speed burst shooting.

Packed with all these new features, Casio's new Digital Art Frame is a quantum leap beyond conventional digital photo frames, which really do nothing more than replace photo frames for printed photos. Casio's Digital Art Frame unleashes the full creative potential of every user, providing entirely new kinds of fun for users to want to create and share images. The new product will be available in the spring of 2010.

Main Specifications* of the Digital Art Frame
* Applies to the prototype and so may differ from the actual product.

Display: 10.2-inch WSVGA color LCD
Internal Memory: 2 GB
Card Slots: SD × 1
Compatible Cards: SD/SDHC
Input-output Terminal: USB (Type A) × 1
Audio: Stereo speakers
Connectivity: Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b/11g)
Power Source: AC100-240V
Compatible Files: Still images (JPEG/BMP/PNG/RAW), video (Motion JPEG), audio (MP3/WAV)
Main Functions: Picture alteration, slideshow, Dynamic Photo, index display, automatic recognition of height and width, rotation, zoom, clock, calendar, alarm
Power Saving: Automatic display on/off using viewer proximity sensor, light sensor, and schedule setting, automatic power on/off
Size: 1.03×8.19×1.18 inches
Weight: 2.75 lbs

Adobe and Flash are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated.

About Casio America, Inc. Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions, established in 1957. Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit HYPERLINK ""

CASIO AMERICA, INC. 570 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Dover, NJ 07801 973-361-5400

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