One minute you may be in the mood for a Degas, the next for a Keith Haring or an Ansel Adams.
That's part of the idea behind Samsung's Sm'art Gallery Panel, a product in development that lets you rotate digital wall art according to mood, decor, and occasion--with no buttons or remote required. The panels, however, are bigger and fancier than a typical electronic picture frame. Prototypes have LCD screens measuring at least 45 inches; a fancy frame like one you'd see around a brick-and-mortar painting; and a high resolution that spotlights detail, color, and even texture, as in brushstrokes.
Expect to see ambient light sensors too, that can help save energy by turning the panel on when someone enters the room, and can also adjust the device's brightness according to the time of day.
But here's where it really gets interesting: Samsung's Sm'art technology will extend beyond hardware to incorporate a library of licensed digital works for purchase, much like an iTunes for digital art, photography, and digitized versions of classic works. Using a smartphone or tablet, consumers will be able to search the database by genre, artist, color, and so forth, and then upload works to their panel for displaying. … Read more