Recently, I learned of a loving father and son who wanted to give his parents the best gift in the world. It occurred to him that grandparents always long for the latest and greatest photos of their grandchildren; after all children grow so fast. But even with the digital age, there is time-consuming labor involved in storing new photos, e-mailing them or installing them on the grandparent’s digital picture frame. And who has the time, anyway.
Enter-a brilliant idea. Being a whiz at everything most grandparents know nothing about, this loving family man came up with the idea of sharing photos via an iPad. Instead of teaching grandparents how to use a computer, go online, log into an online photo sharing website like Flickr and look for the latest photos-why not bring Flickr home to them?
So he did. He wrote an application called Flickr Frame, which allows you to connect to a Flickr account where up to 500 photos can be stored. Now all family members can upload photos to the Flickr account and share them with each other. All each person needs is an iPad, whose screen is large enough to do the family portraits justice.
Once you install Flickr frame you simply choose to Dock it and Start it. Dock It keeps displaying photos on the iPad like a digital photo frame for as long as it is plugged in. Start It turns the iPad into a picture frame the moment you tap the application icon. It’s that simple.
The beauty of applications for iPads is how cheap they are. You can read more about Flickr Frame online, and the inventor’s story in his own words. You can download the application for a minimal cost at the iTune store (here’s the link).