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New Digital Photo Centerpiece Serves as Decor and Fund-Raising Tool

By interacting with iPad centerpieces, guests can add photos to slide shows, share pictures on social networks, and order prints at events.

By Mitra Sorrells July 1, 2013, 7:45 AM EDT

The iPad centerpieces from Keep Interacting can be customized for events.

Photo: Courtesy of Keep Interacting

Incorporate photos and other information into your event’s table decor using the new “Facing Center” iPad centerpieces from Keep Interacting. The company launched the product earlier this month for use at corporate, nonprofit, and social events nationwide. The iPads display a slide show of photos, product images, sponsor information, or other content provided by the event host ahead of time. Then at the event, the company provides a photographer to take photos that are instantly added to the display.

The system includes interactive features for event guests. They can use the device to take photos that are also instantly added to the slide show. Using the iPads' touch screens, guests can also share the images on Facebook and Twitter, send them via email, add comments to the photos, and order printed copies to pick up from a kiosk on site. The standard package includes one free printed photo per guest, but hosts can also use the system for fund-raising by allowing guests to order additional photos using a PayPal account.

The iPads are framed in black, white, or clear trim, which can be customized with a logo or event name. Logos can also be added to the digital and printed photos. Package pricing includes the iPads, slide show creation, and staff at the event to take photos and produce printed copies, and varies depending on how many iPads are placed at each table. Afterward, the host receives a physical scrapbook of all photos used in the slide show.

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