PHOTO SHARING APP Instagram's popularity has spurred start-up design firm Design 2 Matter (D2M) to develop a wireless digital photo frame that updates from your Instagram feed.
The gizmo, dubbed 'Instacube', wirelessly "liberates Instagram photos from your smart device, and feeds your favourite images at three times the size".
However, those wanting to run out and buy the Instacube will be disappointed to hear it's available for pre-order only. D2M is looking for backers of its Instacube project on Kickstarter.com, seeking a target of $250,000 by 21 September.
In keeping with the Instagram logo, the Poloroid Onestep themed gadget measures 7.5x7.5x2.5in and is designed specifically for displaying Instagram snaps and interacting with the app's feeds.
On the front, the cube houses a 6.5in 600x600dpi resolution LCD touchscreen so that you can tap between photos and type comments, in the same way you do in the app on your smartphone. There are three physical buttons on top - one handles the device's power, one toggles between feeds and the other is a heart shaped button for liking photos.
An undisclosed ARM processor powers the device on the inside, along with 256MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi connects it to Instagram independently. There's also a built-in Li-Ion rechargeable battery so that it can be taken outside or along to events, for example.
Running an unknown version of Android, Instacube streams content from Instagram direct from the firm's cloud server so you can tell it to look out for specified hashtags following multiple Instagram feeds and automatically cycle through the images.
The real-time feed works like Instagram. When you take a new picture it instantly pushes this to the device as it happens, taking the place of the photo that was already there. Multiple users can also stream their pictures to the device at the same time using hashtags.
The first 1,000 people to back the project can get their own Instacube for $99, after which it will then jump to a minimum investment of $149. There are also 1,000 "vintage spring" green models that require an investment of $249.
D2M said it plans to enhance the functionality of the Instacube and in the future could eventually open it up to developers.
Those who pre-order an Instacube now can expect it to arrive in March 2013. µ
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