~This post is made in partnership with Nixplay. Opinions and stories are my own.~
Like most families, mine is all over the place. My siblings are scattered and our kids are growing older and moving out, some are starting families of their own. I can only imagine how it must feel to become an “empty nester” and watch from the sidelines as your children have children and those children have children of their own. I think that missing out on the memories of those you love, the feeling of being apart from their lives is awfully sad. For many of us there are a myriad list of social media sites to keep us in touch, but this doesn’t always apply to older people. That’s why I wanted to share with you Nixplay, a Cloud Photo Frame that I feel reaches between this gap and offers a new way for Grandparents to share in those moments.
I honestly believe this is one of the best products available for families that live at a distance from each other. Nixplay EDGE offers the ability to share photos from around the world directly to its frame. For example, our mom lives in Missouri and my sister lives in Washington. If my sister wanted to send her pictures of the kids she would have to send them to her phone where my mom would have to print them out or she would have to print them out herself and mail them. This doesn’t include the multiple frames that would be involved to showcase all the different photos. However, with Nixplay EDGE my sister can just email the pictures over or add them to the playlist via the Nixplay App and my mom doesn’t have to do anything. This also applies to videos!
Imagine everyone in your family being able to send their favorite photos and videos to grandma and grandpa instantly!
Getting started is really simple and quick. I recommend that if you are going to gift this to someone who is not internet or tech savvy that you designate a member of the family to help as the account holder. This way they can help set it up and have it ready to go. Here’s how you get started.
The box comes with the remote control, the two pieces that come together as the frame holder, the power adapter, frame, instructions and a Welcome Card with stickers and information. You will want to put together the holder first, set up the frame and plug it in to get started.
You will need both the frame and the website for setup.
When your frame first becomes active it shows a serial number to be entered into your account. So the first thing to do is to go online to Nixplay.com and choose Activate Frame. It will then have you setup a User Name and Password for your account.
Once you create your account it will ask you for the serial number on your frame. Once this is entered the frame will show a word. It could be any word, mine was Happiness. On the activation side of things it will ask you for this word. Type in the word and viola! Your frame is now paired.
Once you are all paired up, you have many options to add photos. You can go to Albums and connect your social media accounts and add friends and family so they can send their own photos as well. You can also designate which Playlist a person can add photos to and if they instantly showcase (or are manually added) in order to keep it organized.
Family can add photos via email or they can download the Nixplay App for iPhone and/or Android devices. This allows people to add captions to their favorite moments before sending them over!
The Nixplay EDGE is beautiful and comes in an 8in or 13in. The 8in is 4:3 High Definition Display while the 13in offers 16:9 HD Display (true 1080HD). The cloud frame also offers:
- USB Drive/SD/SDHC Card Ports
- Smart Hu-Motion Sensor (this allows the frame to auto-power on when someone is nearby)
- 3.5mm Headphone imput
- 2 x (1W) Stereo Speakers
The cloud frame supports JPG, JPEG and PNG images and the supported video format is H.264 HD 720p. The frame can be set vertically for Portrait or Horizontally for landscape style. Another neat thing about the Nixplay EDGE is the controller which allows you to remotely change aspects of the frame via infa-red sensors.
If you happen to lose your instruction sheet or would like a better look at how things are setup, check out the Nixplay EDGE page.
My little brother (the baby in our family) is getting married this weekend and this month my mom is going to become a great-grandma for the fourth time. There are a lot of special moments that I know she wouldn’t want to miss out on and that she’s afraid (like most grandparents) that she is missing out on way too many of them as it is. I’m pretty excited to give her this frame over the weekend so that everyone can wrap her in a little closer to the moments and she won’t have to feel so far away from us.
Are you ready to connect your family?