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A Spanish engineer has invented an easy “grannygram” gadget that prints out WhatsApp messages and footage to make it more uncomplicated for his technophobic grandmother to keep as much as date with circle of relatives news at the same time as in quarantine.

Ludi, 93, doesn’t have a mobile phone and lives in a rural the city loads of miles clear of her circle of relatives.  

Involved that she used to be suffering from loneliness as she protected against Covid for the second Christmas in a row, her grandson Guido García determined to design a low-tech alternative to a phone.

“She doesn’t need any bother; no WiFi, no cell phone,” said Mr García.

So the telecommunications engineer built a system that equipped inside an empty strawberry field to routinely receive and print out posts from messaging structures and social media.

The homemade machine is inside a strawberry box The do-it-yourself device is inside a strawberry box Credit: Twitter The machine can print pictures and text messages The gadget can print photos and text messages Credit Score: Twitter The device helps Ludi receive family updates without having to have a mobile phone The device helps Ludi obtain family updates without having to have a cell phone Credit Score: Twitter

In a viral Twitter thread that won more than 10,000 likes and retweets, Mr García explained how he made his “contraption” out of a receipt printer, a Raspberry Pi mini-pc and a SIM card, developing it over the space of a couple of days over Christmas. 

“The plan was once to devote little time to it (around 20 hours) and that it will be able to move as soon as plugged in with no upkeep,” he mentioned.

It is dependent upon a bot he created in social messaging app Telegram that gets messages and gives a command to print. 

Ludi will soon have the opportunity to get footage and texts simply by turning the system on – once Mr García has controlled to make the 2 HUNDRED-mile commute from Valladolid to her home in the Basque Country the city of Basauri to deliver it.

He said he used to be quite happy with the standard of the black-and-white images, but would love to make a extra sublime 3D-published casing next time around.

The software is a simplification of the same device invented closing year by some other Spanish engineer, Manuel Lucio, for his grandmother. Named the “grannygram”, it allows its person to record their voice and convert it right into a textual content message for the family chat account.

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