We take lots of photos (what can I say? Our daughter is a doll), and we never really do much with them except put some on Facebook. We have family members who live far away, and that’s the easiest way for us to share family photos with them. Of course, there are a few holdouts who don’t have Facebook pages (like my mom), so what do you do for those people?
Easy. You give them a frame that you can update from miles (or hundreds or thousands of miles) away.
Kodak’s new Pulse digital frame is unlike any others I’ve seen. First of all, it’s Energy Star qualified (which in this day and age, should be a requirement for anything that will use electricity). But the second, most impressive feature, is the way you add photos to be displayed on the frame. Pulse doesn’t require a memory card or jump drive. Rather, it uses your home wifi to deliver photos.
Intrigued? I was too, which is why I was more than happy to try it out when Walmart and Kodak offered the opportunity.
The frame did require some setup, which to be honest was a bit of a pain. Because the frame’s software needed to be updated, it took a while for me to figure it out. But once I updated the software, the rest of the process was quick and painless. To add photos to your frame, you must set up an account at KodakPulse.com. From that interface, you can add photos directly from your computer, add photos from Facebook, or via a personalized email address that will send photos directly to your frame. The fact that all of this is controlled online means that you can decide which photos to display on your frame, no matter where in the world it’s located. You can also add as many frames as you want to a single account, so if you give out several, you can control them all in one place.
While I love being able to add photos from my own computer, I love the Facebook feature even more. You can add photos from your own Facebook account, or any of your friends’ photo albums. While we’re using the one we tested for ourselves, we plan to get a Pulse frame for several family members, including my mother, my husband’s grandmother and my dad â€” all of whom rarely use Facebook, if at all. But because we use Facebook to share photos more often than any other site, we’re thrilled that we won’t have to duplicate effort. We can simply set up their frames to pull photos from Facebook whenever we upload new ones.
The email feature is awesome as well. We can send photos directly from our phones to the frame, or email any photos that we were unable to share in any other way. You can also invite friends and family members to share their photos by giving them your frame’s email address. We haven’t tested this feature yet, but it’s awesome to have.
So instead of having to print our best photos and mail them to our loved ones, we’ll be able to share photos in real time, with no paper wasted.
In addition, We also received a Kodak EasyShare camera to try. In this case, the “easy” part of sharing is that you can save your online accounts to the camera, including Facebook, Flickr and a couple of other sites. You can also add specific email addresses â€”Â meaning that you can add the email address attached to your Pulse frame and/or the email addresses of any family members who might not have another way to receive photos. Once you press the “share” button on the camera with a specific photo, those photos will automatically be shared when you upload the photos onto your computer. This will save me tons of time so I won’t have to send individual emails every time we have new photos.
But what I like most about the camera is that it’s tiny, but packs a huge punch. I love my Nikon DSLR, but it’s only 6 megapixels, and it is huge and therefore a pain to carry sometimes. The EasyShare won’t replace my DSLR for really special occasions, but because it comes with a case and is small enough to slip into my pocket or purse, it’s a great everyday camera. And at 14 MP, the quality is awesome! It also records video, which my DSLR doesn’t do. I’m trying to get in the habit of making family videos so we’ll be able to watch them when we’re old and gray, so it’s nice to have that functionality in my pocket without having to carry around a dedicated video camera. And being able to share those videos automatically with family members who I choose is awesome!
Overall, I love that the Pulse frame makes it easy to share photos with loved ones near and far so I don’t have to keep answering questions about why they haven’t seen any new photos of my daughter. And I can take the EasyShare camera with me all the time so I’m sharing quality photos rather than poor-quality snapshots I’ve taken with my camera phone. I’d say that’s a winning combination.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. I was provided with product and compensation for my time and effort. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own. Find out what some of my fellow Walmart Moms think of the Pulse frame and EasyShare camera, including Renee at Cutie Booty Cakes, Lynnae at Freelance Homeschool Mom and Melanie at Modern Mami.