I read an article on the ballooning public health crisis of Alzheimer’s and was inspired.” As Kocho told the Wall Street Journal, which broke the news of the companies initial financing, the problem of communication hit particularly close to home, since his own father lived far from the family.
“I had been thinking about how wearable technology could be leveraged to create a next-generation user experience by orchestrating physical presence and proximity and there it was.
Building something that could make a difference in the lives of families struggling with cognitive decline,” Kocho writes.
Initially, Kocho developed a product specifically for dementia, but was advised to tackle the broader market of something that’s endemic to modern society, the distance between parents and children.
Repeat questions raised by her far away friend or family member or point out things your child can see and identify.3.
Have materials at your side – storybooks, musical instruments, your child’s latest artwork or whatever you plan to show the other person so he doesn’t lose interest as one of you scramble to find something. Practice looking at the camera – it is tempting to keep your eyes on your own picture, or the images on the screen – but you really make eye contact when you look at the camera and that is better for interactive communication.2.
Keep very young children engaged with you by playing ‘peek a boo’ – turn the camera away from you, then back to your face – and then sometimes when the camera comes back – you can surprise the kids by showing a book, or toy, or something else that you want to talk about.3.
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