12 April 2016
We know that the major tech giants also work on niche side-projects in their R&D department apart from the mainstream ones. While earlier companies used to keep them behind the scenes until they were finalized for public release, the times are changing now as they take advantage of crowdfunding platforms to work on such project by turning them into individual startups. LG is the newest member to join the club as it has started a funding campaign for one of its project which has now been turned into a startup named Acanvas.
Acanvas is basically a digital photo frame but with the ability to stream art pieces for you and your home. It comes with a companion smartphone app with a section called Art Stations. This section has a lot of curated art pieces spread across a wide range of categories which gets streamed on the photo frame automatically. Additionally, it also lets you browse categories and search for your favorite type of arts for putting it on the frame. It has been mentioned that the app will suggest better art pieces as you will keep using the app more and more.
Other than the curated art pieces, you can also choose any of your personal photos for applying to the frame. You can import photos from the camera roll using the app and then crop it to make sure that it fits perfectly in the frame. Another good feature of Acanvas is that you can put up multiple units frames on the wall and then split the selected art piece or image to make it spread across all the frames.
Now, while this appears to be a cool product, there must be many of you who would be worrying about charging the frame to keep it working. But the good thing is that Acanvas takes care of charging problems on its own. It features an onboard battery, a self-powered retractable cord, and a portable charging station. It can also has ambient light sensor through which it can detect darkness and thus starts auto-charging during the night.
Acanvas is currently aiming for $100,000 via its Kickstarter campaign. At the time of writing, 201 backers have already pledged $74,455 with 25 days to go for the campaign.