We’ve all had this problem before: Our parents call us up in dire need of “tech support” for their “new fangled gadgetry” that they can’t seem to figure out how to operate. I know this happens to me every month or so, or whenever I go home. In response to this, Dan O’Sullivan (co-author of the Physical Computing book) decided to make something to help him out with this dilemma and titled it the “Camera Hat for Complicated Televisions” which basically consists of a hat with an embedded phone running Android and a custom application that streams the camera footage back over the web so that he can visually walk his mom through the debug. Check out more details on this project and the source code at the link below.
Camera hat gets you out of family tech support trauma