Smart Meets Kind®

by TL Tech - Smart Home Solutions in Rothienorman, Scotland, United Kingdom

Smart Meets Kind®

£1,925

raised so far

43

supporters

There has never been a more important time to support digital inclusion to ensure that people can access services remotely.

by TL Tech - Smart Home Solutions in Rothienorman, Scotland, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 23rd September 2020 we'd raised £1,925 with 43 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

New stretch target

If we are able to raise extra funds, we will put these towards raising awareness of our smart home educational resources and helping people to find out about the free Kindspace Alexa voice assistant skill. 

We would really love to work with families and care providers to further enhance the functionality of the skill.


Technologies like smart homes and voice assistants have amazing power to transform our lives and enhance our wellbeing.

We are building a voice skill for Amazon Alexa, called Kindspace, that people can use on a regular basis to become more aware of how they are feeling and how to improve their wellbeing.  It includes a large library of supportive wellness tips and activities to try.   

We are now looking to raise £1,500 to complete the build and testing of the Kindspace skill.   This is your opportunity to help us launch this free resource and help people to access wellbeing support in the comfort of their own homes.

Why Smart Meets Kind®?

We want to create a world where smart meets kind®, where smart home and voice assistant technology is accessible to all regardless of age, ability or finances. This is even more important in modern times where technology is enabling us to live and work remotely, but there is also a worry that parts of our society are left behind, not able to access the benefits of new digital products and services.

While isolation reduces the risk of infection, it elevates anxiety and loneliness, it may also be difficult for people to get the support they need.  Technology can also be daunting for people as there is so much choice of brands and devices, with each having specific ways of setting up and using the device or system.

Smart homes can help to address not only the immediate issue of isolation and shielding but also provide an opportunity for the future of social care by deploying voice assistants more widely.  In order to do this, it needs support, guidance in a range of formats to educate and build confidence in the technology.  This is the heart of our mission.

Who are TL Tech?

TL Tech are a smart home solution provider with a difference, who have taken the initiative to set up a service to support families and empower people to self-care by maintaining their physical and mental wellbeing using voice assistants.  This service includes a suite of pictorial step-by-step help guides, weekly live Facebook tutorials, weekly newsletter, regular blog posts, short information videos and tip sheets.  You can check out our video showcasing how Alexa can improve your wellbeing below and with this link.


Thomas Laurenson is the founder of TL Tech, a family business he runs together with his wife Caroline. Thomas is an expert problem solver, taking a hands-on approach to tasks and looking for creative ways to improve the lives of elderly and disabled people with readily available consumer electronic technology.

What will we use the money for?

The work that we do has shown us the huge potential to redefine the role of the smart home, from something that primarily is seen as providing entertainment, security and convenience to a home that cares for you as you age.

Creating a caring home with voice technology

A key interface point to this caring home is voice assistants, which can be used not only to send commands and answer questions, but can through conversations help identify issues such as loneliness.

TL Tech are building a bespoke Amazon Alexa Skill (a skill is like an app for a mobile phone, it provides the device with additional functionality) that will perform a daily wellbeing check-in and can help signpost people to support based on their responses.  This innovative solution could replace the basic call button/pagers that are currently used in telecare systems, which give only binary responses and little context around the situation.

Help us to bring the benefits of voice to all with the Kindspace skill

The skill is called Kindspace and is designed to be inclusive, so that anyone can use it to enhance their wellbeing and better self-manage their care.

"Tracking and improving your wellbeing has never been smarter or so easy with the Kindspace Alexa skill. The aim of this skill is to help you to become more aware of how you are feeling by monitoring key wellbeing indicators. Armed with this information you can then implement small changes which will enrich your life."


The money we raise will help us to complete the build and testing of our free Amazon Alexa Kindspace skill.

The next step will be marketing to raise awareness of this free resource and working with families and care providers to further enhance the functionality of the skill.  We have even bigger plans to develop a cloud-based platform where people can link up their existing smart home devices to better monitor their wellbeing, a bit like turning your whole house into a Fitbit.

You can find out more about the Kindspace Alexa skill here.

As a thank you.....

Your donation means a lot to us, we have a range of rewards to say thank you, including early access to our Kindspace skill and our limited edition Kindspace mascots.  It would mean a lot to us if you could share the details of our work on social media. Research into crowdfunding campaigns suggests that every share on social media really helps to boost the number of donations.

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Tech4Good

As you will have gathered, we are passionate about technology and sharing our knowledge, to boost people's confidence and open up opportunities for others.

The work we have been doing over the last few months has really pushed us out of our comfort zone, but with the support of others, including Abilitynet and Crowdfunder we've found the confidence to launch this campaign, something we never thought we would do!

Thomas Laurenson, our founder, is a finalist in this year's prestigious Abilitynet Tech4Good Awards for the Digital Volunteer Award that is sponsored by BT and Do IT. Your 'likes', 'shares' and 'donations' will help us to raise the funds that we need to launch our free Amazon Alexa Kindspace skill AND give us a shot at winning the Tech4Good People's Choice Award for the best crowdfunding campaign.

Thank you so much for being part of our Smart Meets Kind® movement and supporting the wellbeing of others with the Kindspace Alexa skill!

Your Kindspace Team

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£15 or more

Smart Meets Kind® Scottie Dog

You can now have your very own cuddly Scottie Dog by donating a minimum of £15 per dog. These cute puppies are about 15cm in size and come in black or white, just let us know which you would prefer. We have a limit run of 100 dogs, which will be distributed on a first come first served basis. Your donation includes P&P costs. Your new friend will arrive beautifully presented, with a thank you note from our team for your kind support

£5 or more

Early access to Kindspace on Amazon Alexa

Want to be one of the first people to get access to the Kindspace skill on Amazon Alexa? For a small donation, we'll email you the details of how to enable the skill on your device. We'll also credit you as a supporter on our Kindspace webpage, just let us know if you would rather not have your name listed.

£8 or more

Donor mention on our Facebook page

The TLtechsmart Facebook page and our Smart Meets Kind Facebook group is where we share all our smart home and voice assistant know how. We'd love to give you a special tagged mention to show how much your support means to us. We'll also credit you as a supporter on our Kindspace webpage, just let us know if you would rather not have your name listed on the website.

£10 or more

Donor mention during our Facebook tutorial videos

Tutorial Tuesdays with Thomas is where we share all our smart home and voice assistant know how. We'd love to give you a special mention to show how much your support means to us. We'll also credit you as a supporter on our Kindspace webpage, just let us know if you would rather not have your name listed on the website.

£20 or more

An hour of remote tech support

Would you like to get 1hr of online remote support for smart home and voice assistant devices for only £20, this service usually costs £25. We can help you set up a new device or system or perhaps troubleshoot or teach you some additional tips. This reward can also be used for groups of people requiring similar support. We are happy to discuss further what you would like to cover in the hour so that you get the most out of it.

£50 or more

Alexa Echo Dot Speaker

Would you like an Alexa Echo Dot voice assistant speaker for yourself or a friend or family member? This reward includes P&P and support to set up the device if required. We have limited availability of this package.

£100 or more

Alexa Echo Show8

Would you like an Alexa Echo Show8 voice assistant speaker with screen and camera for yourself or a friend or family member? This reward includes P&P and support to set up the device if required. We have limited availability of this package.

£200 or more

20% off smart home design and engineering services

Do you need help creating the smart home of your dreams? We offer a full design and installation service. In exchange for your donation you will get a 20% discount off our smart home design and engineering services, up to a maximum value of £500. The discount is not applicable on the procurement of hardware or sundries. Project to be within 50miles of AB51 8UL. This offer is limited to a maximum of two donor.

£500 or more

Corporate wellness package

As a corporate supporter you will receive the Kindspace Alexa skill wellbeing support for up to 50 employees. As well as access to the Kindspace skill we will provide an electronic welcome pack to help your staff get started with the skill and using Alexa if they are new to voice assistants. Note that this package does not include any voice assistant hardware. This reward is limited to only one company sponsor.

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