Picture frames were created centuries ago and were often made from a single piece of wood.
Over time, frames became as ornate as the art itself, and today, like much of the world, they've gone high-tech.
Digital frames allow users to download images from their digital cameras or computers to display multiple photographs on a loop.
Burbank-based Ceiva Logic, Inc., which started in 2000, is offering a service to connect digital frames and share pictures. Through the company's website, a user in Los Angeles, for example, can download the latest batch of photographs a user in Texas has uploaded.
The idea for the frame is rooted in the company's background. Ceiva Chief Executive Dean Schiller worked at Disney's feature animation department where his job was to tell stories using thousands of individual cells. Schiller used that same concept — telling a story using multiple images — to connect users.
"The idea was that you could stay connected and tell stories, as we did in film," Schiller said. "You could tell stories of your life with photos … you could receive them from anywhere in the world."