Inventive grandson builds Telegram messaging machine for 96-year-old grandmother | The Verge

telegram_machine.0 Inventive grandson builds Telegram messaging machine for 96-year-old grandmother | The Verge
The Yayagram looks and works like an old-fashioned physical phone switchboard. | Twitter: @mrcatacroquer

Making sure elders can keep in contact with children and grandchildren has never been more important in a time of global lockdown. That’s why Twitter user @mrcatacroquer, Manuel Lucio Dallo, built the Yayagram — a DIY project that makes sending and receiving voice and text messages over Telegram a physical process just like using an old-fashioned phone switchboard.

It’s important, of course, not to generalize about the ability of older generations to get to grips with new technology. But speaking from personal experience, I know my own grandparents struggled with the digital interfaces of modern phones and smartphones. They much preferred physical buttons and switches to apps and touchscreens.

That’s why the Yayagram is so compelling…

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