What does it do?
Fireside Internet Radio provides 3 main functions:
1) Provides a personalized list of streaming content feeds. Elderly users switch between these ‘radio stations’ by simply pressing a button. The same button is held down to turn the radio on and off. Caregivers can change the list of streaming sites remotely by updating a Google spreadsheet.
2) The software uses Google speech and other APIs to provide weather, time, news updates and also to read personalized information. For example, an Alzheimer patient may need to be reminded of their name or the names of their loved ones each time the player is turned on.
3) Twitter API can be used with Google speech to keep elderly loved ones socially connected. By setting up a Twitter account for the user (my grandmother has one but doesn’t know what Twitter is!), family and friends can post quick updates. The software will check for Tweets and use the Google speech API to read the post.
I hope to develop other useful functions – please post if you have suggestions! (Also, this is first instructable – please rate openly and pass along any improvements! Thanks!)
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