It was an automatic notion when Steve Jobs presented the iPad back in January that with its gorgeous high resolution display, it would make the ultimate media viewer. Photos and movies just come alive on the beautiful 9.7 inch screen and when not in use would make a great digital photo frame. FrameChannel, a popular wireless picture frame service, has seized that opportunity and brought their media content feed service to the iPad.
FrameChannel is a free service that offers various content channels for display on wireless digital photo frames. By signing up for the service and downloading their app, you can transform your iPad into a media viewer with content from all over the web. With access to over 1000 content channels, you can create a custom presentation of media ranging from your digital photos from online photo libraries to viewing headlines from RSS feeds or even streaming status updates from social networks to your iPad.
With so many content providers available, you can be sure to have a steady stream of fresh content to display when your iPad is not in use. One especially cool feature is being able to directly feed photos to a FrameChannel user’s feed by emailing images to the account. Every one who signs up for the service has a unique FrameChannel email address and by emailing images, those pictures will automatically appear in your photo the next time you access the app. It can make for a fun way to share images and display on the iPad’s great looking screen.
Another use case for the app is keeping up with news and current events. Using one of the many news related channels, you can transform your iPad into a headline reader or use it as custom stock ticker to keep tabs on your financial portfolio. I plan to set up my iPad to subscribe to the Getty Sports Image feeds this week and get photo updates of Tiger’s return to the golf course at Masters. It’s a very unique and dynamic way to consume information even when you’re not actively online with your iPad.
With several channels available and complete customization control, FrameChannel is great way to display content on your iPad when not in use. Because it uses online media, you won’t even need to load up your iPad with locally stored photos which is great if you’re low on memory space.