Sony continues to develop a blueprint for the digital home with two complementary products – the Sony Home Share and the Intelligent Photo Frame – a super-stylish digital photo frame for use around the house.
“The new Sony Home Share offers our customers a simple proposition,
” said Dipesh Sanghrajka, Product Manager, Sony VAIO UK. “Put all your pictures, music, video and files in one place and reach them from anywhere. The sheer amount of personal content many of us have now makes the Sony Home Share the logical next step in the digital home. The intelligent photo frame can work with a variety of sources or from its own memory, but it makes a perfect companion piece to the Home Share, putting your photos on display wherever you want to see them.
Sony Home Share
The Sony Home Share offers customers an easy, versatile and complete solution to the ever-growing problem of storage – and access. It provides a huge central repository where all your digital video, pictures, music and other data can be kept on a 1 terabyte (2 x 500GB) drive array.
Transferring data from digital cameras, camcorders and phones is rapidly accomplished via the Home Share’s Multi-Card Reader slot or USB ports. Just slip in the card or make the USB connection and press the special One Touch Copy button, and the rest is automatic.
Once the Sony Home Share is connected to your home network you can back up data from other PCs or notebooks on the network using the Remote Home Access function to keep everything correctly up to date. Better still, you can access the Sony Home Share remotely via the internet, so you can back up your notebook from a Wi-Fi hotspot in a cafe if you want.
This Remote Home Access technology works both ways, allowing the Sony Home Share to send information across the internet as well as receive it. This means that if you are away, you can go online and get files or pictures from the Sony Home Share just as if it were in the next room. Likewise, sharing pictures with friends has never been easier. All they need is for you to email them a URL and (optionally) a security code, and they can see pictures and even slideshows with music on their own PC. This is done using a web-based application called “VAIO Picture Lab” which is hosted on the Home Share – friends and family don’t need any special software, just an internet connection and a web browser.
Remote Home Access is also the ideal way to share pictures with relatives if they have The Intelligent Photo Frame. So long as it is connected to the internet via their own home network, you can send pictures and even music to a remote Intelligent Photo Frame as easily as if it were in your house.
In order to ensure complete ease of use, the SONY Home Share is DLNA™ Certified (Digital Living Network Alliance), which means it will connect to other DLNA Certified devices on a home network seamlessly and automatically, without any need for configuration. This means it can ‘see’ your PLAYSTATION®3 and VAIO PCs as soon as you attach it to your home network, greatly simplifying installation.
With its compact footprint, unique round design, attractive white finish and carefully concealed cabling at the rear, the Sony Home Share is also very decor-friendly. You can locate it anywhere, including the living room, and thanks to its exceptionally quiet double fan cooling system, you will hardly know it’s there. VGF-CP1 – the Intelligent Photo Frame
Beautifully designed to show off your photographs to the best effect, the VGF-CP1 is a next-generation digital photo frame, and more. It is based around a superb quality 7-inch Clear Photo LCD display capable of reproducing 16.77 million colours, and has enough internal memory to hold about 120 pictures. It also has integrated speakers and can play music as you view slideshows of your photos.
There are lots of ways to get images onto the VGF-CP1, including a wide selection of memory cards, a USB port and even Wi-Fi, so it’s easy to transfer pictures from digital cameras, phones and PCs or the VAIO Home Share directly, but it doesn’t stop there. If you have an internet connection via a wireless access point you can also view online photo albums held on the Picasa™ web site and even upload photos to the site as well. This makes the VGF-CP1 the perfect way to share photos with friends and family.
To make sure you are always up to date, you can keep track of up to four Picasa albums at a time. An icon for each one appears on the screen, and you will be alerted by a blinking LED whenever any new photos are added to them. When you have new photos of your own loaded onto the VGF-CP1 you can upload them to your Picasa album directly, without needing a PC.
How you enjoy the photos is up to you – there’s a selection of three types of slide show style, featuring different effects, and you can chose what music you want from your PC or Sony Home Share. Nor are you limited to pictures and music; if you have wireless internet access you can opt to see an RSS feed on the screen, and there’s a built-in clock function too.
As a final touch, the VGF-CP1 has an integrated light sensor that switches it into low-power standby mode when it’s dark – perfect if you keep one in the bedroom.