Thursday, April 10, 2008

Pandigital Touch Panel Digital Photo Frames: PanTouch

PanTouch Digital Touch Screen Picture FrameTouch screens have been making their way into all types of devices lately, so it stands to reason that digital photo frames manufactures would eventually get into the touch interface game. Frames are usually with reach anyway, on our desk or sitting on an end table.

Remotes have worked up until now, but this added tactile aspect makes viewing photos in these frames reminiscent of flipping through album pages.

Pandigital, in May, will debut their new PanTouch series touch panel digital photo frames. Now if you’re like me you might be thinking, wouldn’t a touch screen picture frame mean fingerprints over the pictures? Wouldn’t the pictures be affected? Of course, this was considered.

Wisely, the matte around the pictures is where the touch sensor resides. The patented sensor responses to swipes or taps, and display icons point out all function controls for reference, if needed. Intuitiveness was a goal in this frame's development so learning the controls placement is reportedly a quick process.

PanTouches will be available in three flavors all of which incorporate image optimization (resizing) software, 6-in-1 memory card reader, and USB 2.0 speed:

  • 7”, 482x234 pixel display, holds up to 800 images, MSRP 119.99
  • 8”, 800x680 pixel display, holds up to 3200 images, MSRP 169.99
  • 10.5”, 1024x768 pixel HD display, holds up to 2000 images, MSRP 249.99