A Spanish engineer has invented an effortless “grannygram” system that prints out WhatsApp messages and photos to make it more uncomplicated for his technophobic grandmother to maintain as much as date with family information at the same time as in quarantine.
Ludi, NINETY THREE, does not have a cell phone and lives in a rural the town loads of miles away from her family.
Worried that she used to be being affected by loneliness as she shielded from Covid for the second Christmas in a row, her grandson Guido García made up our minds to layout a low-tech alternative to a telephone.
“She doesn’t want any hassle; no WiFi, no mobile phone,” mentioned Mr García.
So the telecommunications engineer constructed a device that outfitted inside an empty strawberry box to automatically receive and print out posts from messaging structures and social media.
In a viral Twitter thread that won more than 10,000 likes and retweets, Mr García defined how he made his “contraption” out of a receipt printer, a Raspberry Pi mini-pc and a SIM card, creating it over the space of a few days over Christmas.
“The plan was to devote little time to it (around 20 hours) and that it would be ready to pass once plugged in without a upkeep,” he stated.
It depends upon a bot he created in social messaging app Telegram that gets messages and provides a command to print.
Ludi will quickly give you the chance to get footage and texts just by turning the gadget on – as soon as Mr García has controlled to make the TWO HUNDRED-mile commute from Valladolid to her house in the Basque United States the town of Basauri to ship it.
He mentioned he used to be reasonably happy with the quality of the black-and-white photographs, however would like to make a extra chic 3D-revealed casing next time round.
The software is a simplification of the same device invented ultimate 12 months by any other Spanish engineer, Manuel Lucio, for his grandmother. Named the “grannygram”, it lets in its user to report their voice and convert it right into a textual content message for the circle of relatives chat account.