Got to spend time with my cousin Andrea recently who although diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, it doesn’t get her down. Every time we hang out we have laughs and she is super-positive.
For her birthday last year, her parents and sisters bought her a Blackberry Torch 9800. She uses Blackberry Messenger to stay in touch with friends and family. However, knowing that she has some difficulties with motor functions and sight, I suggested that instead of typing out a message, she try using the voice recorder, record a note and then fire it off to selected Blackberry Messenger recipients. We walked through the process that I demonstrate in the video. This could work with WhatsApp too but I haven’t tested it (iPhone may not like the file format of the Blackberry, *.amr file). The voice note file sizes are pretty reasonable. iPhone/iPad is great for this with Facetime, but you normally wouldn’t use it unless you’re on your own wi-fi.
I apologize for the blurry ending to the video, the video recorder had trouble with the font size I use so it couldn’t focus. The screen should look like this picture. I recorded the video with one phone then the other.
I think it’s pretty cool if we use technology to give people who may normally feel isolated an opportunity to remain social. Maybe it’s time to get Gramma and Grampa some crack(berry)?