How Digital Picture Frames Work

Ceiva and the Computerless

This picture frame is designed to enable people with no computer, no digital camera and no computer skills to benefit from some aspects of the digital boom. The idea is that a person who does have a computer, a digital camera and computer skills buys the frame, sets up the account and passes it on.

Once the account is set up, you (the person with the computer) upload photos to the Ceiva Web site. Each night, the digital picture frame (in the computerless person's house) uses the phone line to connect to the Ceiva servers and download any new pictures.

The next morning, the new pictures automatically show up in the slideshow rotation. You can also control all of the frame's settings via the Web site. Here are some of the settings that can be adjusted:

  • The time that the frame turns on and turns off
  • The slideshow interval (how long between photos)
  • The dial-up phone numbers (in case the frame moves to a different area code)