Mindings lets you effortlessly share meaningful moments with your family from your mobile phone - personal captioned photos, text messages, calendar reminders and much more appear instantly on a digital photo frame they need never even touch.
Mindings is a subscription service, likely paid for by someone wanting to be better connected to an older family member. We are also licensing our technology to hardware manufacturers and healthcare providers.
Social media services such as Facebook, hardware manufacturers such as Kodak and Sony, and consumer TeleCare manufacturers of which there are sadly few.
I'm better connected to people I deliberately lost touch with over the years than with the people I really care about. Mindings addresses that, and enables my technology-shy family to enjoy the benefits of social media, without them having to learn how to use a computer or a complicated mobile phone.
My background is multimedia production. I do occasional production work to fund each stage of creation. That plus credit cards and a supportive wife...
I ran a multi-award-winning production company, until I was taking too many days off creating Mindings.
My Dad is my constant inspiration. In his day he was a great mechanic and DIY fanatic and he could fix anything. Today he lives alone, 500 miles away from me, and he's technologically disconnected from the world. I wanted to send him pictures of his grandaughter and help him live independently. There was nothing out there that could do that, so I built it myself.
Taking lots of advice along the way. I have a brilliant business coach and I surround myself with smart people.
Ignoring the old engineering maxim, "it will take longer and will cost more".
A biscuit from an old-fashioned tin of Rover biscuits. My Dad kept a collection of odd screws, nuts and bolts, and bits and bobs in one. There was nothing that couldn't be fixed by something in that magical tin.
The Tidy Books bookshelf www.tidy-books.com that's in my three-year-old daughter's bedroom. Such a beautifully simple idea that, amazingly, no-one had thought of before, with an inspiring story and creator behind it.
My dream is that every room in every care home in the country will have a Mindings frame in it, connecting people to their family no matter how far apart they are. If I've made a start to making that a reality I'll be happy.
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