Usually when we talk about photo frames being connected to apps, we get the digital frames that can display Facebook pictures and all that. They can even gradually cycle through a selected group of photos! Pretty cool, but hey, maybe you’re tired of looking at screens all the time. Maybe you have a yearning for good old prints, but can’t really be bothered to change out the pictures every now and again. Well, Wundershine, a startup out of the Netherlands, has something you’ll like—the Makerframe.
The Makerframe looks like your average photo frame, with white space enclosed by a 17″ x 17″ oak frame that you can get in one of three colors. Underneath is a different story—the Makerframe has a built-in thermal printer that can feed new prints into your frame without you doing anything. Just print from the companion app, and the new picture will come in and push out the old one. You can grab the old one and put it in one of the four cardboard storage boxes Wundershine sends you as part of your purchase.
In the app, you’ll be able to queue up pictures to be printed, with you in control of when the printing happens. If you want, you can also use the queue to have Wundershine ship prints to your home. Those prints will work with the Makerframe and the Reframe, the latter of which is the same frame minus the printer.
The app also lets you crop and resize pictures. You can use this to fit multiple pictures onto one print, or just resize photos to better fit the frame. That said, the Makerframe uses square printing paper, and will automatically stick white borders around any photo that isn’t square, so nothing should come out looking stretched or distorted.
You can print your own pictures using the Makerframe or browse Wundershine’s gallery of prints to download and print for free. You’ll also be able to use any number of third party photo editing apps to share pictures directly to your Wundershine queue.
When it ships, the Makerframe will come with those cardboard storage boxes and 10 sheets of thermal printing paper. Because it’s a thermal printer, the Makerframe uses no ink, so you won’t have to worry about that extra cost, either.
Both the Makerframe and the Reframe can be preordered as of today. Wundershine is offering a discount on both for early preorders, with the Makerframe going for $180 and the Reframe going for $60. Normally, those two will be about $260 and $86, respectively. It’s going to be a while before these ship, though. The Reframe is scheduled to ship in fall of this year, while the Makerframe is scheduled to ship in early 2016. That might make you skittish, but the good news is Wundershine won’t actually charge you until your order ships.