With the ongoing pandemic, countries imposed movement restrictions and due to that, it’s hard to visit or see your loved ones. Not all of us can use smartphones to get in contact with our loved ones, especially the older people who have this problem of contacting loved ones.
As a solution for his granny’s problem of contacting loved children, this caring grandson had invented a new device for her ease. Manuel Lucio Dallo, who works in Plastic SCM and apart from that who’s software engineer had made this new device ‘Yayagram’- a device where we can send voice messages and receive printed replies.More info & Photo courtesy: twitter.com
#1. Loving grandson builds a Yayagram for loving granny to communicate with family.
Felisa Romano Martin, Manuel’s granny who’s 96 years old has hearing problems and arthritis too. So it’s hard for granny to use a smartphone to communicate with grandchildren whom she loves. They too cannot visit to see her as to the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic.
#2. He calls the Device a Yayagram.
Manuel had twittered about his invention and had got about 10k likes. He had shared how it works and also explained the meaning of the name of the device. He had said that Yaya means ‘granny’ in Castilian and ‘gram’ was a part of the name ‘Telegram’ an app used for messaging.
#3. The device is able to record voice messages and send them and then it prints the received messages.
The communication is done via telegram. When you have to send a message, you have to connect the jack to the port with the relevant name whom you need to speak with. And to record the message you have to press a button and hold it until we fish what we want to say. And when you release the button the message is being sent and it will be received to the receiver’s telegram app.
Like the old telegram method, this device also receives only text messages, so when the children reply the reply is been printed onto thermal paper and comes out so the granny can read it. This sounds like a really amazing device. Things are very simple and easy to use for granny Felisa.
#8. The machine includes a Raspberry Pi 4, python codes, and libraries.
He had said that LEDs were used for the indication of the device like receiving and recording messages, receiving powers, and also when it’s connected to the telegram app. The base of the device is a Raspberry Pi 4 computer and Python, a programming language is used for its monitoring and to receive and send messages. Also, there are jack connectors. LEDs, analog, cables, a printer, a microphone, and a button in the box.
He had clearly twittered the creation process so that anyone needed can make one too. And also he had advised not to solder directly to the rasp pins as it could break and asked to build a connector instead.
#12. As Granny has hearing problems and arthritis a smartphone is hard for her to use, this device perfectly matches her.
Manuel’s granny lives with his parents. And due to the restrictions it’s hard for others to come and see her. and also it’s hard for her to use a smartphone so this device helps a lot for granny.
#13. Manuel loves his 96 years old granny Felisa.
#14. He had shared pictures of the creation process to make it easier for someone to understand.
He had said that he will publish an Instructables project so that it could be helpful for someone who’s willing to make the device for their granny. Many people were amazed by this invention and the creativity. He has made it easy for his granny to get in touch with loved ones in this pandemic.
It’s not that older people don’t get to use smartphones. The use of smartphones among adults about 65 and up is increasing from about 18%-42%. It’s that granny Felisa had difficulties in using a smartphone due to her hearing problem and arthritis.
In some of his replies, Manuel has mentioned that granny couldn’t get the push button thing so he’ll work on that and that she understood the jack well. Also, he had said that he wanted it to look a bit old-fashioned like a small telephone switchboard.