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KAMA helps Grandparents out of loneliness in a playful and intuitive way by enabling generations to connect digitally.
KAMA helps Grandparents out of loneliness in a playful and intuitive way by enabling generations to connect digitally.
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Why did we develop the KAMA Book?

This is us, Siri and Daniela. If it wasn't for our Grandmothers KAmilla and MArit, you wouldn't be reading this. We have amazing grandmothers who helped us define who we are. We realized that as time moves forward special memories fade away. We wanted to keep their memories, thoughts and ideas intact for the future. We know that energy created in a family cannot be replaced. Values and stories flourish again when they can be passed on from generation to generation. 

We believe that family is the most important thing in life. The less we see each other and hear from each other, the more we are missing out. Such as the love of our grandmother.

WHY KAMA? 

When older family members are not part of their offspring's digital life, they become isolated from their family. Less contact means less love and attention. KAMA unites generations and paves the way for more and better contact between family members. This way, Grandma is able to follow the everyday adventures of her loved ones.

WHAT IS THE KAMA BOOK?

The KAMA book consists of HARDWARE and SOFTWARE. The hardware part consists of a wireless charging case that holds a tablet (that connects to the internet in the first KAMA Book version only via Wifi connection), a memory booklet and a touch pen. The heart piece of the KAMA Book is the KAMA app (which is locked on the tablet, so Grandma won't get lost).

HOW DOES KAMA APP WORK?

The KAMA application has been designed especially for non-digital Grandparents and older people and is easy to handle. It saves memories and starts conversations. Photographs, videos, text and voice messages can be sent to Grandma and other members within the family group.

Once Grandma receives incoming mail, she can respond by recording a message or sending love by pressing the heart icon. All incoming photos that are marked with a heart go directly into the 'Favorites' album that the family can turn into a photo book for Grandma.

While you are waiting for the KAMA Love Bundle to arrive for Grandma, your Family-Admin can start inviting family members into your closed KAMA family network. The family members download the KAMA app to their smartphones and start producing tasks and send photos to Grandma.

WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE KAMA APP? 

With KAMA, communication becomes easier and more relevant. In so-called "challenges", family members will be asked questions and tasks are set. For example "How did you meet your first love?" or "Send Grandma a picture of her favorite flower" or as shown below "What is the best thing that happened to you today?". Answering this task, Maxi's Mum uploads a photo and text into the KAMA app (see example below). This sparks inspiring and interesting conversations. Later on, KAMA recognizes its users' likes and integrates this knowledge into the tasks.

The following clip shows our current prototype's functionality. Our KAMA app is developing day by day. In a few weeks time, you'll be able to use it with your family! 

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"My Grandparents are on Whatsapp. Why would I need KAMA?" 

We hear comments like this one once in a while. Our interviews with older ladies and gentlemen revealed that they feel overwhelmed with the digital noise when using smartphones and tablets. One gentleman said: "I felt digitally fit when I was 70, but 5 years later, I felt intimidated with the amount of advertising, the small icons and once you get used to an app, they update it shortly after with more functions that I don't need!"

What other instant messaging providers also do not offer well is to store memories. When people get older, documented memories and life stories help them to remember faces and milestone events in their life - which gives them comfort and well-being.

KAMA offers a solution.

  • Our KAMA Love Bundle stores memories, stories and even precious artifacts.
  • Our KAMA app is so easy to use, you won't have to press the record button and keep pressing it during your recording.
  • Texts and icons will be big enough to read.
  • Grandma can easily find stored memories.
  • The KAMA app focuses on the most important functions (a huge compendium of different choices impresses the younger minds, older people prefer SIMPLICITY).
  • With KAMA, you don't have to upload your entire address book, but only invite selected family members who are close to Grandma and Grandpa and are also willing to exchange news, tasks and other relevant content.
  • We will provide our loyal KAMA community with conversation starters and task suggestions. We imagine you laughing about this now, but you might welcome the service later.

"My Grandmother doesn't want to use a tablet. She prefers that I visit her."

We know from our own experience with our Grandmothers that the physical and mental health of older people can change rapidly. Our Grandmothers were suddenly affected by strokes that had an enormous impact on their physical ability and social life. We believe it's important to train Moms and Dads - and if you still have Grandparents - to get used to digital communication 'in time'.

Catch up with your older family members as often as possible. Share highlights but also everyday moments. This is the number ONE answer that people over the age of 65 gave us: "When you get older, your family becomes the most important thing."

We also want to make sure you know this: KAMA was not created to REPLACE physical visits. KAMA INTENSIFIES the relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren.

What are older people's frustrations with tablets? KAMA offers a solution. 

Our Love Bundle is the answer. 

  

Remembering is not just part of the aging process, but also a testimony to your individuality. Digital communication is indispensable today, but grandmother's old memorabilia as well. When the digital world (tablet + app) and the physical world (case and booklet) connect, the familiar takes away the fear of the new. 

And yes, we are aware that you and your family might have to convince your Grandparent or Parent who is not used to digital technology, to give it a try. And it will need your motivation to keep sending photos and videos to them. I, Daniela, gave my Dad an iPad for Xmas many years ago. His spontaneous reaction: "I don't need this digital crap." But I kept showing him how he could read his favorite newspapers and journals online and read up on mushrooms that he found in the forest. It was rewarding to see that the device and its easy access to content that he enjoyed became so valuable to him.

What we have seen by testing 3 KAMA prototypes across Europe: The KAMA app stimulates conversations between families and preserves memories.

The ReinKAMAtion – New Use For Your Old Tablet 

Grandma can already use the KAMA app on your old tablet. We think it's a great way to 'recycle' your unused devices. So, until your KAMA Love Bundle arrives, Grandma and Grandpa are digitally prepared for the ultimate KAMA experience later in the year. 

After receiving your order, we will explain to you what to do and how to get your Grandparent on board without any trouble. Meaningful recycling that brings the family closer together.

The Old And The New, Always Close At Hand – the Idea Behind The KAMA Memory Booklet

Whilst the KAMA app makes life more colorful with every new picture, text, and voice message, the KAMA memory booklet keeps the past alive. It is pleasant to the touch and provides enough space for old pictures, letters, and similar treasures. So your treasured memories are always at your fingertips.

KAMA is a closed family network. 

This reduces the digital noise for Grandmother. What else speaks for KAMA and not for other communications platforms?

KAMA is a meaningful gift for Grandparents. 

Finding the right gift for grandparents is often quite difficult. Either they already have everything, or they keep saying they don’t need anything. Or both apply. That's why KAMA is a meaningful gift, because it will strengthen ties between the generations in your family and for generations to come.

KAMA is an ideal present to share for up to 10 family members. Of course it will be possible to add more family members. Bring Grandma something special next time for Mothers Day (and skip the eggnog)!

 Help preserve memories for your family!

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

Help us to make Grandmothers happy!

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

If you believe in our idea, please support us.

Our case and booklet is still in planning mode. We are not simply building a case that holds the tablet and the memory booklet. We are designing a case that respects the needs of an older person who has different requirements than a younger one.

Our planned app delivery date is April 2018. The KAMA Love bundle is planned for shipping before Christmas 2018. We will stay in close contact with you to update you on any milestone developments and achievements.

Now it is up to you! We need your help to go into production. You can help us by backing this campaign and spreading the word about KAMA with your family and friends. Become part of our KAMA family. We believe that sharing is caring and your feedback will help us to continuously improve KAMA.

Our main mission is to decrease the feeling of loneliness among older family members and increase the number of smiles, but we know that everyone in the family will benefit from KAMA. Please spread the word and back us. Every donation counts. Thank you.

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    Pledge €19 or more About $22

    The Handshake

    Daniela and Siri will send you a personal thank-you note for your support!

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    The Video Date

    Thank you for supporting the KAMA-Family! Up to 150 backers will receive a unique video message from the KAMA team.

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    The Visit

    Subscribe to the KAMA app for ONE year. Gift 4 KAMA apps to your family members. This makes you communicate with your loved ones better. You can activate this subscription with a voucher any time after April.

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    You can also donate this perk to a family in need. We collaborate with senior organizations and retirement homes to find the right families that YOUR DONATION will help re-connect again.

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    The Family Reunion

    Subscribe to the KAMA app for ONE year. Gift 9 KAMA apps to your family members. This makes you communicate with your loved ones better. You can activate this subscription with a voucher any time after April.

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    The Love Bundle

    The KAMA book 'love bundle' is a first limited edition for our first beloved customers (= android tablet, app, personalized case, personalized memory booklet, touch pen plus family subscription of up to 10 members for ONE year!)

    You can activate this subscription with a voucher any time after April.

    For everyone outside the EU: We'll make shipment possible for you - please contact us at contactme@worldofkama.com

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    The Artistic Love for your KAMA case

    We love aesthetics and have grown up with the appreciation for art and design. We have learned through interviews, trend research and our own experience that people from different countries and cultural heritage like different colors and styles. Our professional journey has opened doors to the international art and design world and many amazing artists and designers.

    We chose a generic color for the first edition of our case to represent a canvas for your imagination.

    For this Kickstarter campaign, we offer a unique and limited edition of your KAMA case (which holds a tablet, the memory booklet and a touch pen). The case customizations will be handmade by artists and designers from Austria, Norway and other countries.

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    The Endless Love Bundle

    Show endless love for KAMA by supporting this package - your entire donation goes straight into development of our next app version.

    The Endless Love Bundle Vienna Edition

    One KAMA book and app subscription up to 10 family members included for ONE year plus a special city tour and dinner invitation in Vienna – accompanied by KAMA Co-founder and gourmand Daniela Krautsack.

    The Endless Love Bundle Oslo Edition

    One KAMA book and app subscription up to 10 members included for ONE year plus a special city tour and dinner invitation in Oslo – accompanied by KAMA Co-founder and culture expert Siri Warren.

    For everyone outside the EU: We'll make shipment of the KAMA love bundle possible for you - please contact us at contactme@worldofkama.com

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