Got a Grandma With A Fear of Technology? {Nexus 7 Tablet Giveaway}

by Gigi Ross on July 1, 2013

Disclosure: this giveaway was sponsored by Familiar.

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My kids’ grandmas are old. Mid-70s. And they are irritated with me because they don’t see enough photos of their grandkids.

The problem is that both grandmas have a fear of technology.

We gave Grandma #1 (MIL) a digital photo frame for Christmas a few years back. She never could figure it out, even though we preloaded it with photos.

Grandma #2 (my mom) owns a computer but has no smartphone. And never will.

I can’t text her photos I snap of my kids using my phone. When I email them to her, she says she can’t open the files.

She misses out on all of those great spontaneous moments I capture with my phone – not to mention the videos. She claims her computer doesn’t “let her” view YouTube or any other kind of video.

If I were a hacker, I’d take control of Grandma #1’s smartphone and Grandma #2’s computer and make photos and videos of my kids automatically appear on their screens. Then I’d take those same photos and videos and make them magically appear on my tablet, phone, or PC as a slideshow in my family room, because we’re sorely lacking in photos.

Then life would be good. Really good. Because mad grandmas are no fun to deal with.

But I’m not a hacker.

However, now I can totally take over The Grandmas’ Digital Lives and give them more photos of my two kids than they could have ever dreamed of….and they will hardly have to do any work.

For realz!


Coming to the rescue of tech-weary seniors everywhere, Familiar lets you get the photos YOU want onto the screens of the people that WANT them.

Familiar turns every screen into a 21st century photo frame directly connected to family and friends. With Familiar, the best and cherished memories are displayed on the screens of loved ones into a customized channel.

It’s simple: capture a moment and send it directly to the screens of your private network. Any device’s ‘down time’ is a huge untapped opportunity to enjoy cherished photos  and Familiar allows you to do just that.

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It works for videos, too! Grandma can spend HOURS watching baby Jessie eating carrots for the first time or singing Twinkle Twinkle.

Familiar learns what photos and videos you like more, whether they came from you, or your friends and family, and it personalizes your photo frame for you. Plus, it offers integration with the most popular photo & video services – Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, and Google’s Picasa.

Watch the video below to see Familiar in action:

Demo – New Familiar from Familiar App on Vimeo.

Familiar wants you to experience the 21st Century Photo Frame! Enter in the rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win a Google Nexus 7 Tablet (16GB). If you’re the lucky winner, you can check out all of Familiar’s fab features on it. Or, set it up and give it to Grandma :)

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But you don’t need to wait to see if you won the tablet to try Familiar. It’s a free app that’s available for Android, iOS AND (hurray, Grandma #2) PC.

Familiar on your Computer:
Familiar on Google Play:
Familiar on iTunes:

Good luck and let me know how you might use Familiar!!

Giveaway entries open midnight July 1st and close at midnight July 11th.

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Anastasia @ eco-babyz July 1, 2013 at 7:04 am

I love that the real-time channels stream photos on a private network, that’s awesome! This would be perfect for my MIL that just doesn’t do technology (thankfully my mom can work a cell phone, computer, and even blogs!)

Sili July 1, 2013 at 7:11 am

My favorite feature is that I won’t have to poke my eye out to show the grands images of their grandbaby. That’s been tough. I know all about the excuses we get for why they can’t see images. And when dad is out of the country? Forgeddabauit!

Arnebya July 1, 2013 at 8:19 am

I want to ease my parents into technology. My dad is more welcoming than my mom, though. The ease of photo and video sharing is spectacular! And the tablet is easier to manipulate/carry around than a laptop so I can see both of them willing to try rather than ask me to pull out the slide projector again.

San Diego Momma (Deb) July 1, 2013 at 9:15 am

I love that the photos would automatically appear on my dad’s computer screen. Although he’d probably still call me about how to get rid of the 1,000th virus he accidentally downloaded by clicking (again) on the link that says “Win a Million Dollars by Clicking This Link! P.S. I’m a virus!”

Jennifer July 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm

THe real time updates are fabulous! this would come in handy for me to be able to see my new Niece :)

Kerry Ann @Vinobaby's Voice July 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I need to check this out for my MIL. She has a dumb phone and can’t figure out much on her computer. She takes pictures on her digital camera, takes the thing to Walmart, hands it to the photo center tech, and just asks them to develop everything on the memory card then hit delete. Eek. Might have to set this up on her computer this week–thanks!

Jessie C. July 1, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Personalized Channels is my favorite feature among all

Tiffany July 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm

ooooh I love how Familiar integrates with all the popular social network platforms!

Michelle July 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm

This would be PERFECT for my husband’s grandma… who also can’t figure out how to change things on her digital frame {and the photos are only 5 years old on there….}

Susan Williams July 2, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I love that it’s available on Mac, and that you can stitch together videos and photos, and that you can favorite or comment on photos and videos.

Alissa | July 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I love the private network and that this makes photo sharing less intimidating than a laptop.

Cassie July 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Connecting family and friends is what life is all about. Love that it will make that easier.

jeannine s July 3, 2013 at 8:10 am

I like that I can turn my tablet into a photo picture frame that I can show off

Mandy July 3, 2013 at 10:33 am

Give it to grandma??? I’d keep it for myself. (oops…that sounds selfish) 😀

Elena July 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I love the private network

Ashley @ It's Fitting July 6, 2013 at 8:44 pm

My parents are totally hopeless. They HAVE the technology and ask how to use it… Again and again and again. And wonder why I get annoyed when they ask AGAIN. Sigh. This app looks awesome!!!

Jessica, The Debt Princess July 6, 2013 at 9:00 pm

My mom is ALWAYS asking for more pics. I love that I can share with her so easily!!

Tonya July 7, 2013 at 6:52 am

Love that it is private.

Beth July 7, 2013 at 8:33 am

I like that it is private.

Amanda Sakovitz July 10, 2013 at 10:42 am

I love the private network that it offers

Thomas Murphy July 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I like the Personalized Channels

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