This fancy digital art frame wants to fight your paintings

This fancy digital art frame wants to fight your paintings


One of the strangest parts of adulthood and moving into a new house or flat or apartment or hovel or cave, or that cosy spot under a bridge, is the artwork. Like, it’s really fucking expensive. Whenever you want to find a picture that you really like, it’s so expensive. And that’s not even talking about the time element of this. What happens after a year or two years or five years and you just look at this thing on your wall and you’re like, who was this horrible person that made this decision to hang it? And that’s why when I heard about the Canvia, which is this digital art frame that promises
a photo- and painting-realistic digital image. I was intrigued, I was excited to see whether this little bit
of technology could save you tons and tons of hassle. Whether you could just switch to different painting every day or month or week or however long
and just keep your house looking fresh. So, that’s what we’re going to do, we’re going to have a look at the Canvia
digital art frame — which is just down here — and we’re gonna explore some first impressions, its set up and hopefully get close to some sort of answer
about whether it’s any good or not. Let’s give it a go. Here it is, as you can see, it looks very much like a normal frame, but with a screen in there. So a little bit of detail. This is a few kilograms, I would say. So you’d need some reasonably hefty nails to hang it on your wall. You can get different colored frames. I believe this one starts at $550 and then it goes up to $600 I believe for the black one. It does need power, which is something that… I didn’t know it means you not the greatest, it’d be better if it ran on battery, but let’s plug it in
and kind of see what happens. It’s a big long cable. Okay, that’s not the power socket. Where are you power socket? Where the fuck is the socket? Should be here, but it’s not. Ah, here we go. And is it gonna power on? Look at that. Canvia, what happens next? Nothing. Oops, it’s turning on. And off again. Oh yeah, there we go, whoo. Yeah! We’ll call that teething problems, okay? So now what I need to do is go into the Canvia app
and connect to the Wi-Fi using this. Yeah connecting to Wi-Fi. Connected to Wi-Fi. Internal server error woooo! Ooooo, look at that, it’s actually pretty good. Check out that, it’s actually surprisingly good. Ooooo, you can change it, so we get the proper portrait orientation. Wow, we’ve very nearly smashed into 1000 pieces. I’m actually pretty impressed with this, like the colors, the way it looks, you can see a lot of detail on that screen. Yeah, it looks pretty realistic. I mean, if you get up close,
you can definitely see that it is a screen. So one of the things that the Canvia has is
what they refer to as their Art Sense technology. So, it’s meant to change the image
and how you see it in relation to the setting. So that’s like, the lights nearby, the level of light
and the angles it’s coming from. And I would say we’re probably not
in the best position for it here, it being so well lit all around us. But yeah, it’s very, very impressive. Oh, so that’s something you can do to try and fit in the full photo, where it’s panning and scanning up around it. Again, very, very cool. And of course, what you can do with this as well, you don’t just need to keep it to famous bits of artwork, you can upload your own photos, your own bits of artwork, so if you’ve been creating it
or you’ve maybe been buying digital art you can put it on as well. So it’s also important to note that this is a subscription service. So once you’ve actually bought the Canvia, which is between $550 and $600,
you’ll also need to pay a subscription to their like art service to get the full range of
I believe around 10,000 bits of artwork. So when you buy one, you get the first year free, but then it’s $120 every year after,
which is quite a lot of money. But first impressions it’s pretty cool. I like it a lot. It’s definitely a decent idea. I guess it just depends on how often
you see yourself like bored of artwork, how much you want to like change
the aesthetics of where you live and all that. Another nice feature that the Canvia has,
is when you’re fully subscribed, you can set moods and different topics. What do you reckon Pablo,
are you thumbs up? Thumbs down? Pablo’s double thumbs up yeah! So you know what? I expected to like it because it was a product I was interested in, but I just didn’t exect it to be quite as good as this. The detail on it is amazing. From a distance, from where our lovely cameraman Pablo is standing, it looks like an actual painting you have to go up really,
really close to actually see the individual pixels. There doesn’t seem to be a huge amount of refresh rate on it. I would say the only negatives from what I’ve seen
so far is some of the settings are a little bit fiddly. Apart from that like I guess the cost is really prohibitive. You know, if you’re looking at like, let’s just say $600 for a year and then you have to pay a $120 extra, it’s a lot of money. but what it is, is I guess it’d be a centrepiece of an area of your house that you can constantly keep changing,
or have it in a location you want to keep fresh. It’s damn impressive. I’m a big fan. I’m looking forward to testing it out and playing with it a bit more and then coming back with some more concrete opinions. But until then, fucking super cool thing. Congrats Canvia.

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