I’ve been playing with the RedPost/Kit for a few days now, and I must say, I’m quite impressed. I’ve got a little skill in making a digital picture frame, but the build quality of this thing makes my SlickrFrame (which I’m really proud of!) look like a toy. The RedPost/Kit is a way for anyone to get in on the do-it-yourself digital picture frame action. The Kit includes a 19 inch monitor, a USB Flash drive with all the files you’ll need to get started (including DSL, a tiny variant of Linux), and wireless 802.11b/g so the only wire you’ll need to run to it is a power cable. It’s VESA compatible, (the standard for LCD monitor mounting), so you won’t have any trouble mounting this any way, or anywhere that you’d like.
The Kit is much more than a digital picture frame, though. It’s a well designed, solid platform for getting any visual message out to the people who you want to see it. You can use it as a sign, a poster, a work of art.. pretty much anything you’d like. You’re encouraged to hack the Kit to do exactly what you want it to do.
Since it’s a kit, it comes in a few pieces, which you get to assemble. All you’ll need is a screwdriver, perhaps some electrical tape, and some free time. The build quality of this piece of kit (haha!) is great as well… the outside is made out of plasma cut, robotically welded, powder coated steel, with vents cut out for cooling. There are 6 color options: Gloss white, gloss black, gloss clear, speckled red, speckled brown, and unfinished metal.
The RedPost/Kit will run you $549, which is a pretty awesome price, especially considering the quality, workmanship and build quality of the Kit. If you’re really lucky, though, you can get one for free! Here’s how:
RedPost is a small company founded on simple principles of constant innovation, good design, and great customer service. They also are all about supporting their community (When you first turn the kit on, it’s even configured by default to display pictures from a Goshen photographer!) To that end, Eric from RedPost and I put our heads together and came up with a joint contest that brings together their principles, support for their local community, and lets one lucky winner walk off with a customized RedPost/Kit of their very own. It will run from today until August 17th (2 weeks). The rules are simple: Create a custom design for a RedPost Kit case. A sculptor local to RedPost, John Mishler will pick the winning design, and machine/sculpt it into the case of a Kit, which the winner will receive. The full details are here.
Here are some pics of my Kit experience!
RedPost/Kit in the box
The Kit, opened up with the screen on top
The other kit parts… power cord, screws, miniature PC, VGA cable
Screws/anchors for wall mounting, USB Flash drive
The Kit, assembled and powered on.
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