How to help an elderly friend get on-line with TV?
by aragorn5182 - 10/9/13 8:36 PM
I'm looking for a solution to help a technologically challenged 86-year old friend be able to access her e-mail on-line using her TV. She had used Web TV for e-mail, Google searches and the like for many years and they discontinued service on Sept. 30th.
Someone gave her an old Gen 1 iPad so she could access her new e-mail account on Comcast. It's been a challenge teaching her how to use the iPad and she's not happy with the tiny screen and fonts. She also hates the on-screen keyboard as she is a skilled touch typist on a full sized keyboard.
She'd much prefer to be able to use her TV again with a full sized keyboard. She does not have nor does she want a full-blown PC. ISP is Comcast broadband.
A geek friend suggested attaching an Android 4.1 or 4.2 mini-PC to her TV to get on-line. Her TV is a flat screen HD LCD that does have an HDMI TV Input Connector. He said we'd just need to add a wireless keyboard and mouse to achieve what she wants. Said friend has not tried this, hence my query here.
Has anyone tried this or found some other alternative to get on-line using a TV without a standard PC? If so, what did you use, was it easy to operate and did you like how it worked?
KISS method is important - she only needs a simple desktop type interface with a few icons to take her to e-mail, Google, You Tube and the like. She has no need for other programs like Office or photo editing, etc.
I would be most grateful for any suggestions.