Video chat devices to connect remotely
These easy-to-use video chat devices make it easy to connect with loved ones from a distance and make it seem like you’re really together while on vacation (or anytime!).
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Skylightframe.com, $ 159
You’ve seen a digital photo frame before, but this one lets you add photos automatically via email. So you can surprise your family with photos of you from an event they couldn’t attend on their digital photo frame in seconds.
Image: Skylight frame
Grandpad.net, the plan including tablet, apps, multiparty calling, data, music, damage and theft insurance, customer support, case and stylus is $ 49 / year or $ 66 / month
GrandPad is a smart and easy way for seniors to connect with loved ones. All you need is the GrandPad app, portal or device and you can connect to GrandPad’s private family network through iPhone, Android, iPad or desktop. Family members can adjust settings and upload photos for the GrandPad user.
Viewclix.com, $ 199 to $ 299
ViewClix is a digital photo frame with video chat capabilities that makes it easier to connect with the elderly. Seniors don’t need an Amazon, Facebook or Google account, and they won’t need to learn new technologies.
Google Nest Hub + Duo
Best buy, $ 229
The Google Nest Hub, also available in multiple screen sizes, lets you make video calls and leave video messages. The camera also keeps you in view as you move around the room. Photos can be displayed on the screen, similar to a digital photo frame, through Google Photos.
Image: Google Nest Hub
For a similar but cheaper option, consider the Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant, or $ 79.99 for a 7-inch screen.
If your family is out of the question spending the extra cash during the holiday season, don’t worry! There are many free video chat apps and services you can use to easily connect with your loved ones, including:
- Google Hangouts
- Google meet
- Signal messenger
- Google Duo
- Facebook Messenger
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