Over the past few years, we’ve seen the smart home make headlines over and over again. AI-powered Bluetooth speakers? We’ve seen it all before. Domestic robots? Doesn’t faze us anymore. But just as we start to think we’ve seen the end of it, something revolutionary is introduced to the market.
Enter: The Meural Canvas. Dubbed the world’s first smart art frame by Netgear, it brings art from iconic museums and artists to homes all around Singapore. In fact, it’s the first and largest full-service digital platform for exploring and displaying art. The California-based multinational computer networking company has just launched a second-generation canvas, boasting a 27-inch IPS display with Full-HD resolution. The Meural Canvas has been updated with an anti-glare matte finish, enabling it to deflect light without distorting hue.
The Meural Canvas revolutionises the nature of art collection, forever. Now, you can have some of the most iconic art pieces in history right in the middle of your home. Think: world-renowned paintings the likes of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, van Gogh’s Starry Night, Hokusai’s Great Wave, and even Banksy’s masterpieces — all displayed in your living room. The Meural Canvas is your gateway to an unrivalled art library stocked with over 40,000 of the world’s most iconic pieces of art — ranging from classics to NASA satellite imagery to digital works by contemporary creators — worth more than S$5 billion.
Besides the prestigious collection of artworks, the Meural Canvas also enables users to upload their own artwork and photography. The possibilities are endless.
Don’t expect mediocre quality from the Meural Canvas either. It features TrueArt Technology, a patented blend of hardware, firmware and software that render the images as lifelike and textured as the museum original. You will not believe the realistic depth and texture of the paintings. On top of that, the Meural Frame also boasts an ambient light sensor, which measures the room’s brightness and automatically adjusts to match.
As with all smart home gadgets go, you can access the canvas’ settings remotely from anywhere via a specialised app. Alternatively, you can also control it with the wave of your hand, the website and voice control.
The Meural is available in two designs: Leonora and Winslow. Leonora comes in the form of a wood frame available in black and white, while Winslow comes with a walnut frame. The smart art frame is available at selected retailers and online retailer Lazada for S$1,499 (Leonora) and S$1,699 (Winslow). Both includes a complimentary 3-year subscription to the art library. After which, the Meural Membership will cost S$100 a year.
We predict this smart art frame will revolutionise the way we experience art. But of course, a question persists: will this decrease the value of museums such as The Louvre and MOMA? Only time will tell.
(All images credited to: Netgear)