22 July 2014

FRAMED* — Digital Art is Present

I'm pretty sure you already know about FRAMED* or have heard about its elegant and beautiful way to bring digital art into the everyday. It was created in 2012 by FRM which is founded by Yugo Nakamura, recognised as one of the world’s most innovative web and interactive designers, and by William Lai whose work spans across product design and user experience, with a focus on physical products combined with the collaborative nature of the web.
After two years they have developed FRAMED* 2.0 which it won't be just a display to showcase digital art but a platform,  a community hub and a marketplace where artists will have the opportunity to publish and sell their work.

Behind of FRAMED* 2.0 there are major concerns about how digital art could spread itself around the Internet and into different artistic networks to be seen and collected through this beautifully designed canvas, and I believe that the right people is working on, as you may know Yugo Nakamura besides to be an award-winning Japanese software artist is the creator of FFFOUND!, yes the website and social image bookmarking service you used to use or still do to pick up some fresh visual inspiration, and that has been a great reference as a collectible and sharable based image platform and had an important impact about the way we discovered images online today. I highly recommend to read a recent conversation Filip Visnjic from CreativeApplications.Net had with William Lai about this, read here.

FRM started yesterday a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds in order to start this project and be able to commercialise this product if they reach the budget goal. They are offering nice offers for supporting this project from the lowest prices. To see that in one day they have duplicated the goal, it's a great response from the digital art community and everyone who believes on it. You also can support them at http://kck.st/UmrMrw , see more details and specifications about FRAMED* 2.0 and all the digital formats it supports into the post.

FRAMED is an Internet connected display that allows you to showcase artwork in a way that has never been done before. 
Designed to be the world's first canvas for the art of our generation, allowing you to experience and enjoy beautiful art within a normal, everyday setting. Perfect for creators and fans of visual culture alike, hang it on your wall, choose an artwork, and transform your space into a living, virtual gallery of creative expressions. 
The evolution of technology and accessibility of the internet has brought out an expansive range and depth in digital art, and now, FRAMED can bring digital art into your everyday.

FRAMED allows you to showcase an infinite selection of digital artworks in everyday environments.

Dynamic Display: Gorgeous Full-HD display with IPS technology, 16.7 million colors, ultra contrast, and 180° viewing angle. 
Timeless Design: Hand-crafted walnut frame, perfect for any backdrop, plus additional options for custom colors.
Interactivity & Sensors: Create reactive works using motion, sound, gestures and various data inputs.
Smartphone Integration: Instantly display artworks from anywhere in the room, directly from your iPhone or Android. 
Unlimited Media Types: Supports GIFs, video, animation, graphics, Flash, Processing, openFrameworks, and more.
Publish and Sell Your Artwork: Share your own creations, curate a selection of artists, and get your ideas framed on walls around the world!

FRAMED showcases all types of artworks found on the Web, while you're browsing through Tumblr, when you find your favorite artwork, or updating your own portfolio. Send artworks at any moment and display them inside your living room, office or public spaces. 

Instead of using touch screens, gesture recognition allows you to control and interact with FRAMED* with simple movements of your hand. Our revamped interface simplifies the user experience for more practical use, so you don't have to continue walking back to navigate or switch artworks.  

Over the course of a year, FRM has built two sizes (24-inch / 40-inch) with immense care and attention to craftsmanship. Every unit contains a gorgeous full-HD display, graphics processing, integrated inputs, and motion sensors within a mere 18mm (0.7 inches) in depth. FRM has created a minimalist object as the perfect backdrop for showcasing artwork, while maintaining powerful features to allow each frame to be totally unique, and exactly what you, the creator, makes of it.

Each frame is hand-crafted from walnut, left simple and undecorated to bring out the flawlessness of the wood material. FRM also offers custom-colors for those seeking a unique fit for their interiors.

Specifications Interactivity & IO
Dimensions: 24-inch (553 x 321 x 18)
Dimensions: 40-inch (976 x 550 x 29)
Weight: 5 lbs (2.3kg), 22 lbs (10kg)
Full-HD 1080p IPS display
16.7 million colors
Quad-core CPU up to 2.4 GHz
Integrated HD graphics up to 854 MHz
Smartphone integration
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Motion sensors
Gesture recognition
720p camera
2x stereo speaker output
Mono microphone input