Give a senior citizen access to video-chat, without asking them to learn any technology.
Hello! This is a volunteer project intended to help families that have become isolated from older loved ones due to the coronavirus crisis.
This guide will walk you through the process of finding a tablet and re-purposing it into an ultra-simple "video phone" that you can mail to an elder. I originally set up a tablet like this for my 96-year-old grandmother, who has been cut off from visitors by the crisis.
The tablet will automatically pick up Skype video calls from you and other family, so your friend/relative doesn't need to learn how to use it. They just need to plug in the charger, and keep it somewhere they can see or hear you when you call.
The tablet will connect to the internet through the cellular network, so no wifi is required.
If you have any trouble setting it up, feel free to reach out to our volunteer tech support for help.