Networking hardware company Netgear has announced at the IFA show in Berlin this week for availability later this month its Meural Canvas II – its next-generation WiFi-based 1080p HD digital art canvas which draws from a digital library of 30,000-plus works of art through a membership program.
It is available in two display sizes – 21 inches ($399) and the original Canvas model at 27 inches ($595) and has an 8GB internal memory. It uses Netgear’s TrueArt Technology anti-glare platform for streaming and displaying visual art, allowing users to customize and cycle through playlists of art with hand gestures or via an app, or by asking a smart assistant to change up the image.
A purchase of the Meural hardware and frame gets the purchaser a 100-image selection, and signing onto the membership program for either $8.95 a month or $69.95 a year provides access to all available images. An additional option, explained Phillip Pyo, vice president of product marketing, at the company’s recent New York City media event, allows the user to permanently purchase images at $3.95 each, and for $14.95, a playlist may be permanently purchased.
The images are displayed to best effect depending upon a room’s ambient lighting he said, and they auto adjust to those conditions by virtue of a sensor; the brightness is also manually customizable to the viewer’s taste.
Also customizable is the ability to schedule certain art to appear at certain times of day, or to set the artwork to “sleep,” or to schedule it to shut off when the room is dark.
The Meural Canvas II, which auto-detects whether it is hung in either portrait or landscape mode, will also respond to a wave gesture directed at the frame’s middle area, which can either draw up a museum card that describes the art for the viewer or change the artwork shown.
If the owner decides to wall mount the product, there is a swivel mount accessory available ($49.95) that enables quick switching of the frame’s orientation between horizontal and vertical.
The company is also adding to its portfolio of mesh network products, to offer yet another way for consumers to take advantage of faster Internet speeds and more affordable pricing for gigabit services, says Netgear’s Amit Rele, product head of Mesh WiFi systems and smart speakers.
The Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 (Model RBK850; October availability; $699.99), a Mesh WiFi system, ups the ante on connection, speed and performance and overall breadth and coverage within a home. It offers 12 WiFi 6 streams, a 2.2 GHz quad core processor. It is wall-mountable, and the system is backward-compatible with older generations of WiFi, says the company.