Vikaura is a relatively new and unknown E-ink partner which is trying to bring a line of smartphone enabled digital picture frames to market. Similar to the InkCase Plus from Oaxis, a Vikaura screen will pair with your smartphone over Bluetooth and you will be able to send images and text to it.
According to the KS campaign, you can:
I don’t know about you, but I like the subscribe option the most. That is something I would likely use on a regular basis.
If the campaign gets fully funded on Kickstarter, the frames will be available in a variety of sizes ranging from a pocketable 4″ to 6″ and larger 9.7″ screen.
I thought this was a nifty idea when I discovered it buried in the back of the E-ink booth at CES, but between one thing and another I didn’t write about it. No one else seemed interested, not even E-ink, and I figured without any publicity it had no chance. In retrospect, I think I erred.
The campaign has only been covered by Techdirt (it was also picked up by the Backer Club) and it has already raised nearly $20 thousand of the $125,000 goal. That’s not nearly enough but it is far more than I was expecting.
Pledges start at $5, and go up from there. The 4″ unit costs $99, and if you put in $129 you can get a 6″ unit. You can also put down $199 and get the 9.7″ unit,or you can even contribute more and get a bundle of screens.
And for the princely sum of $1,000 Vikuara will also throw in an API so you can program your own features. I think that’s steep, but there are already 3 backers at that level (there’s also a backer who has gone for the $4,000 distributor pack).
Vikaura screens enable users, for the first time, to drive information, data, ideas, and images – all the things that matter to them – out of their phones and into their worlds. Using cutting edge E Ink displays, power management, and communications protocols, leveraged with a (patented) first-of-its-kind “app linking” software package, Vikaura screens let users
Vikaura’s unique design allows operation without wires while allowing years of battery life and thousands of screen updates. With Vikaura, you have complete freedom of placement without worrying about where to plug-in or when to recharge!
Vikaura connects to your smartphone using Bluetooth. An easy to use app allows you to interact with all of your Vikaura screens to send photos, text, and more. A unique software package permits multiple ways to interface with your Vikaura Screen.
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escape the confines of their smartphones, and begin to customize their surroundings.
Source : vikaura.com