Even if you’re not an art collector or art aficionado, you probably have at least one photo on a frame hanging on a wall. But what if you can’t fit every single picture/artwork on your phone, camera or computer? Or that poster you’ve had for years? Meural is a testament to how the digital photo frame has evolved, it is an effective combination of science and art. Meural was co-founded by Vlad Vukicevik and Jerry Hu and comprises a team of entrepreneurs, artists, and engineers. The goal being to respectfully display works of art elegantly without sacrificing quality. The product allows the user to display shared, curated and uploaded artworks and photographs digitally on the canvas. The company has partnerships with several galleries, museums and artists across the globe which provide various artworks for use in the Meural. If you’re a bit sketchy on whether it’s a practical product or not, having a closer look at it’s features and capabilities will give a better understanding.
A Closer look at the Frame
The Meural is powered via a power cable connected to a nearby socket. It has a Matte finish HD LCD IPS display, anti-reflective panel which helps the observer to spot little details likes brush strokes and patterns. In a product that displays artwork, having the best picture clarity is of most importance and this feature in particular greatly enforces that. The lighting display is automatically ‘reactive’ to surrounding light so that it matches the current light intensity of the room. This gives the picture a more natural look. Instead of metallic or plastic frames, the canvas uses a maple tree wooden framework to give it an authentic feel rather than looking like a digital photo frame. There are currently 3 different frame designs that can be chosen, Black, White and Light-Box. The canvas can be connected to the WiFi to access art collections and upload your own pictures/art and also control some features of the canvas. In order to change the picture, it comes with a electrical near field technology that enables you to control what’s on the Meural by swiping your hand 3″ to 6″ in front of the frame. This allows the person in front of it to just wave their hand up, down, left or right to change it to the next one.
The Mobile App and Web Platform
The Meural App allows the user to add new art and photos to the canvas, it also allows searching for new art globally. Pictures stored on your device can be selected to be displayed on the canvas. The app allows some customizing such as changing the brightness and sending art as postcards. Using the app is also another way to change what picture is shown on the canvas. The web platform gives you the ability to browse and discover new art and upload your images to the Meural. Selected pictures can be given schedules so that they appear at certain times in the day. They can also automatically change to another picture by putting a timer on them.
How to get your hands on one
The previous batch of 2015 is sold out. Meural is currently available for pre-order online and is expected to ship in early 2016. The great benefit is that international shipping is possible. However, Free shipping is available only in the US for now. The Black and White frame’s dimensions are: 32″ x 21″ x 2″ while the Light-box Dimensions are: 34″ x 23″ x 2″. All three versions come with a 8 inch power cable and additional power cables can be purchased as well. Prices range from $445 to $545. Pre-orders can be done here: Order Screen. It has an approximate weight of 10 lbs (4.5 Kgs). Having one of these will save you money in the long run as this accomplishes the job of showing multiple different artworks on one canvas. This is certainly a must-check out for every art enthusiast as well as any one looking to furnish their home. A very ambitious creation that reinvents how we look at our favorite artworks.