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Startup offers elderly an Internet key to family links

Published on Jul 27, 2014 11:31 AM
Hubert co-founder Stephane Lucon, a French citizen living in Romania, demonstrating the application his start-up developed to help seniors keep in touch with family members via the Internet. He worked on a new screen launcher, resulting in a simplified tablet screen where all unused applications are hidden. -- PHOTO: AFP

BUCHAREST (AFP) - Two grandmothers mystified by computer tablets have inspired a French-Romanian startup to develop an application and service to help the elderly stay in touch with their relatives through the Internet.

The system - the work of a startup called Hubert - began operating in the United States and in Europe on crowd-funding website Indiegogo this month.

"Everything started after one of my grandmothers died in a home for dependent seniors in France," Stephane Lucon, a Frenchman who co-founded Hubert, told AFP.

"I was living with my wife and children 2,000km away from her, in Romania. I went to visit her whenever I could but I would have liked her to be able to see her grandchildren every day via Skype or any video conference application."

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