I recently came across this product: KOMP. It is a display that (elderly) people can put in their homes and their family members can "control" it remotely with their phones. So even if my grandparents would have no knowledge with modern technology, I could have video chats with them, send them pictures, messages, ...
As this product isn't available in my country (Germany), I was wondering, if there is a way to build something like this myself. Im thinking of a simple setup with a display, a webcam and a small computer (maybe even as small as a Rapsberry PI?). But which software could be used for that?
The requirements are pretty easy to describe: Everything should work without them having to do anything. (ok, maybe push one (!) button to accept a call. But anything else might already be too much). Nice features would be:
- Sending messages
- Sending pictures
- Video calls
I would love to hear your ideas! Best regards
Edit: There are many good ways to communicate over your browser with free tools like
talky.io or similar. But I want to emphasize the fact, that everything that goes beyond the press of a (physical) button might be too much. My grandparents are all aged 90 and above. So they already lack an understanding of the basic principles of a computer, not to mention a browser or "the internet" itself.
The computer would always run in the background and probably go into hibernation/sleep mode after some time. Thats why the Raspberry PI came to my mind. With a single button press, there should be some kind of dashboard which only shows eihter a textmessage, a picture or the video-chat.
TL;DR: How can I have a video chat with my grandparents without them doing anything (technical) on their own?