One of the most common ways of repurposing an older tablet computer with low hardware specifications is to turn it into a digital picture frame. But now on July 22nd, Electric Objects will release the EO1 which is a 23-inch digital picture frame with custom Android underneath.
It looks a lot like a large tablet, like one of the Lenovo Horizon tablets. But despite the computer credentials, it is just an advanced picture frame with built in services.
On the hardware side it does have a 1 GHz dual-core ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of storage, which wouldn’t be enough if it were to sell as a tablet computer in 2015. But as a picture frame with a 23-inch screen of 1920 x 1080 resolution, it’s more interesting.
It doesn’t have a touch screen, so to change the image on display, iOS or Android apps on mobile device connects to the EO1 via 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. And this is probably where the EO1 is different from other devices, since it is building a system of content to display which varies from static images or even HTML pages, to animated GIFs and 1080p video.
It was originally funded via Kickstarter with 2246 backers, but when it goes on sale in a week and a half at $499 the price means that it ain’t for all of us. At that price it is actually possible to get 23-inch AIO’s with proper computing power.
– Jim Miller