68: The 4K Digital Display Bringing Next Generation Art To Traditional Living Rooms
I’m always looking for new and exciting ways to interact with technology. I came across something recently called Klio. This interactive device and platform is designed to produce a revolutionary digital décor experience. This brings motion-rich digital art to life in the home or the office. Imagine filling your home, your office, or anywhere that usually just has a print from Ikea on the wall. Imagine getting rid of that old way of doing things and having digital art that changes depending on your mood or even time of day. I’ve invited Paul Golding from Klio onto the show tonight.
Can you tell us a little more about yourself and your role at Klio?
I’m chief scientist and one of the inventors of Klio. I’m a technologist at heart but a lot of the work I’ve done has been working with artists in trying to redefine what digital art means for a device like Klio.
For anyone listening who is new to the concept can you explain what Klio is and what service it brings to the table?
Klio is a device you hang on your wall. It’s intended to be hung as one might hang a piece of art, except that it’s a digital display and it displays art that’s been designed to be shown on digital display. It’s not just taking art and digitizing it. Most of the art is designed for digital.
Can you explain how this differs from digital photo frame for example?
Digital frames are a similar technology to Klio in that they are a display. The real core of the Klio experience is the art. It’s a 4K device that displays artwork that has been intended to be shown on a 4K device as art.
Do you receive many queries from photographers or want to be photographers?
We do. Nature photograph and landscape photography is a very interesting category of digital art. We’ve worked with photographers who are developing these new types of photographs called cinema graphs. A cinema graph is a hybrid between a video and a photo. It looks like you’re looking at a photo initially, then you will notice elements within the photo moving such as a waterfall or leaves blowing.
Do you think art and technology are a natural fit for each other?
Technology and art as an intersection is nothing new. But the technology behind Klio is the technology of software. They are a natural fit for each other. What we’re seeing is a very curious development of a growing breed of software programmers who realize they can use their software skills to create a program that is not performing a function but is producing a piece of art.
Am I correct in saying that for Klio customers who want to immerse themselves in digital art you offer a Netflix like digital art subscription service where work from independent artists is uploaded directly to your Klio?
That’s correct in broad terms. Klio is a platform so we have devices which we have had to design. In the same way Amazon brought the kindle to the market to seed the interest in eBooks we’ve brought Klio to the market to seed the interest in digital art and to enable it to be experienced as an ambient piece of décor.
What we’re doing to build that platform is creating an art store so that an artist can publish his or her art work, price it in the way they feel is appropriate, and even limit the number of additions.
What kind of feedback have you received from artists and users about the experience on Klio?
We’ve received tons of feedback, most of it positive. We have a high fan rate. It’s different because it’s not a digital frame, it’s actually pieces of art that change and evolve. We have one piece of art for example that takes an entire year to complete its visual cycle. We have other pieces of art that the probability of you ever seeing the same image twice is more than the length of the universe.
How much do these cost and where can you buy one from?
At the moment we are selling them directly online at www.klioart.com. They start at $999 dollars and go all the way up at the moment to $2500 dollars. The range in price reflects the framing of the device. We have many different ways of framing the display.
Are you shipping all over the world as well?
Not at the moment. Because it’s a hardware product we have to go through certification procedures. At the moment we’re shipping in North America but we’re working on certifications for Europe and other places.
What’s next for Klio?
The primary goal is still to establish digital art as a viable way of decorating your home or office. Our goal is to make digital art as normal as printed art. That’s a compliment by the way, it won’t replace printed art.