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Press Release - September 24, 2002
Picturevision From Delkin Devices Shows Your Digital Photos Right On Your TV
POWAY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 24, 2002--Delkin Devices, a leading US manufacturer of high performance digital photography memory products and accessories, introduces a modern day slide show projector for sharing digital photos. The new eFilm Picturevision(TM) is a small set-top box that lets you show your digital photos right on your television. The Picturevision easily connects to a TV or digital projector using the included AV cable without the need of a computer or drivers. Now there's an answer for the inconvenience of showing tiny images on the back of a digital camera or having to present your photographs to a crowd around a computer screen. Simply take pictures with any digital camera and insert your digital memory card directly into the Picturevision's memory card slots. The Picturevision accepts every digital camera memory card format currently on the market without the need of adapters, from CompactFlash, SmartMedia, and MemoryStick to MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital, and IBM Microdrives. The unit comes with a remote control that allows you to conveniently display slideshows of your digital photos, customize its settings, and perform zoom and rotate functions. For music lovers, the Picturevision also plays MP3 audio files either through a TV or connected directly to a stereo system, as well as VCD and MPEG (I&II) movie files. The unit is compatible with any size and type of television set worldwide since it can be set to either NTSC or PAL TV standards.
Delkin President and CEO Martin J. Wood feels that sharing photos is one of the great enjoyments of photography but until the introduction of the Picturevision, the options for showing off digital photographs left something to be desired. "As wonderful as the digital photography revolution has been with all the benefits and conveniences it offers the photographer, it's been slow to address the need for a simple and easy way to share photographs, Wood said. "The eFilm Picturevision lets you show your photos in the comfort of your living room without the need of a computer or high-end photo printer. With just a digital camera and any TV, the Picturevision offers a simple and enjoyable way to share photos with family and friends." Wood pointed out that the Picturevision has the versatility to do more than just show images. "We feel that digital photographers will also enjoy having the flexibility of playing their MP3 music files on the Picturevision. With all the options and formats the digital age offers consumers today, we wanted to make a product that can be used in a variety of ways." The Picturevision will be sold at consumer photography and electronic stores worldwide and online at Delkin's website at www.delkin.com. The MSRP is .00US (plus VAT in some countries) and includes a remote control, audio video cable, and a power adapter as well as a user's manual in English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, and Japanese. Delkin will release the eFilm Picturevision at Photokina 2002 in Cologne Germany from September 25 to September 30, 2002. Photokina is the world's leading trade fair for the photographic and imaging sector as well as a meeting place for professional photographers and photography enthusiasts from all over the world.
The Picturevision is compact and lightweight and sits comfortably on top of a television set. You can navigate a few basic operations with the unit's built-in buttons, but the easiest and most convenient way to view your pictures is through the infra-red remote control. Once your digital camera memory card is inserted into the Picturevision, the TV screen displays the start-up menu, which offers a number of functions designed to enhance the performance of the unit. With the remote control you are able to customize the slide show settings, browse by either file name or thumbnail image, and set your zoom, rotate, and panning preferences. You can even delete files in your memory card directly. The Picturevision supports JPG, MP3, and MPEG (I&II) file formats and can be set up to operate in English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, or Japanese. Wood says moving digital photography away from computer-based applications will open it up to a wider audience. "Digital photography will always be held back by its PC centric ties. You can't email, print, view, or edit photos without using a computer." he said. "The eFilm Picturevision is the first product from Delkin, in a line of products that you can enjoy just because you have a digital camera. No PC required."
Delkin sees the Picturevision as a great companion to the digital photographer looking for a fun and easy way to show off their photographs. "Sharing memories with photographs is one of the great joys of life," Wood said. "With the eFilm Picturevision you can add to that joy by turning your television into your own personal memory theater." We've come a long way from old slide projector trays, burned out bulbs, and cumbersome projector screens. Today there's no waiting for pictures to come back from processing, and no accidental upside down shots in your slide show. It's not just television anymore...it's Picturevision.
Based in San Diego California, Delkin's line of eFilm(TM) Digital Camera products and accessories have long been an industry leader in media storage for both the consumer and the OEM markets. eFilm flash memory cards come in CompactFlash, SmartMedia, MultiMedia, SD Card, and PC Card formats. Delkin's digital photography product line grew out of their initial success in manufacturing office automation products for OEM's. They continue to be one of the leading US manufacturers for memory upgrades in copiers, faxes, printers, and networking equipment.
Media images are available for download at www.delkin.com/media_images/. Delkin Devices will be exhibiting at Photokina in Cologne Germany (September 25-30, 2002) in Hall 3.1/ Aisles M-N / Booth #9 and at PhotoPlus Expo in New York City (October 31-November 2, 2002) at booth 1122.