COMPANION BOX

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Problem Statement

Online video calls

Technology makes it easy to keep in touch with loved ones while being apart. App Stores are full of popular messaging apps (WhatsApp, Messenger, Webex, etc.) to start chatting and video calling. We are more connected than ever before...

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But there's a catch...

Unfortunately not everyone has the necessary skills to work with smart devices. People with mental and/or physical disabilities (Parkison/Dementia) can struggle with handling those devices (e.g. to small buttons, charging, unlocking devices, swipe movements, getting in wrong menus) resulting in unnecessary stress for them. Technical illiteration is especially high among elderly people. Research showed that more than 20% of the elderly has never used the internet before.
(Source: FOD Economie)

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Solution
Meet the Companion Box

Companion Box
Start a video call on your tv and more with one button
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No hassle

Start a video call with your loved ones at the push of a button.
Literally!



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Open Source

This kit is an open source project based on other other open source initiatives, such as Jitsi providing an open source video conference platform running on the community-built Raspberry Pi hardware.

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Hackable By Design

The design of the system is fully extendable, so new features can be added. We provide detailed manuals, so you can build and hack your own Companion Box from scratch.
For beginners upto technical-wizards!

The Team

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  • Technology Club
  • Part of University of Antwerp
  • Students, PhDs and alumni
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  • Research group
  • University of Antwerp, in collaboration with imec
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Thomas Huybrechts
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Jan De Laet
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Jens de Hoog
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Joost Mertens
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Wim Casteels
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Baris Can Yalçin
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Reinout Eyckerman