We can all safely assume that Leonardo Da Vinci was not thinking in 16×9 horizontal TV formats when he painted the Mona Lisa. Not only was that technology nonexistent back in 1503, but like many famous paintings (especially the portraits), the Mona Lisa was composed in a vertical format. That’s why trying to display such masterpieces on a horizontal TV display can look so awkward. Even if you’ve gone through the trouble of framing the TV itself, Mona Lisa would not be smiling. But that’s where a unique product from Canvia steps in: the digital canvas smart frame.
Much like with how most modern-day Kindles or Nooks utilize technology to make a digital screen look like physical text written on paper, the smart frame uses Canvia’s “artsense” technology to adjust images based on ambient light, so the image displayed looks just like a real painting. And, much like the Kindles and Nooks, this means that the amount of blue light coming at our eyes from these devices is greatly reduced.
But What to Put in That Frame?
The collection itself holds over 10,000 paintings and photographs across a multitude of genres, eras, media and creators all pulled from the world’s most famous collections. Masterpieces from Van Gogh, Manet, Gaugin and others are available through the extended library of paintings.
The company also works with contemporary artists and photographers to provide exclusive art for integrator’s clients’ homes or businesses. Beautiful landscapes and nature photography can be pulled from the library to build upon an exclusive outdoor-themed getaway room within the home. Or perhaps more abstract options that appeal to a particular color palate for nice, relaxing or energizing color play in rooms. The customizability of the frames lend themselves to a wealth of opportunities.
The “artsense” technology even ensures that properly lighting the artwork with spotlights won’t be an issue, allowing for crisp picture quality and colors in a more naturally lit space. The technology will also allow users to cycle through pictures at will, thanks to the built-in processor and 16 GB of memory on the canvas. The Canvia on-wall digital display connects wirelessly connects to both iOS and Android devices and includes a mobile and desktop app with tech support.
Another version of this article previously appeared in CE Pro.