Pixinote App Puts Photos, Notes Back on the World's Refrigerator Doors
In today's digital world, many people have stopped sending photos and personal notes via the U.S. Mail. Pixinote aims to bring them back.Social media and the internet connect people instantaneously, but those digital, on-screen messages disappear quickly. Now a new app from Pixinote is designed to change that pattern by giving users a means to capture a photo with a smartphone, add a brief text message and have the photo and message printed out and sent by U.S. Mail to someone special, just like in the old days before email. The process, which costs $2.50 per mailing and takes about two to seven days to be delivered by the post office, aims to bring back hard copies of photo prints and personal notes that seem to have given way to digital storage on clouds and backup drives, according to Pixinote. By using Pixinote, friends can easily send personal photos and brief greetings while traveling, working, having their morning coffee or even when someone just pops into their mind. And when the recipient receives the gift through the mail, they can put it up on their refrigerator door or bulletin board to remember the moment, just like they did before digital photos made actual paper prints less convenient. The idea for the app was inspired by Daniel Kushner, the CEO and co-founder of the company, Pixinote spokeswoman Lillian Kim told eWEEK. Kushner was relaxing with friends in someone's living room about a year ago when he realized that more photo content is stored online and digitally today than is on display in frames and in homes nowadays, she said.
"We don't have as many photos that we set up on our refrigerators and in our living rooms to show who we are relating with," said Kim. With that, Kushner dreamed up the idea for Pixinote, which he saw as a blend between social media and physically mailed postcards and greeting cards. "It's kind of a bridge between online and offline. It feels like social media as you take an image and send it with message via phone, and then it gets sent like a card."