Nine Kids and One Tech-Savvy Grandpa

August 2018

by Didi Abdulnabi

Nine Kids and One Tech-Savvy Grandpa

August 2018

by Didi Abdulnabi

Meet Chris: a tech-lover, YouTube enthusiast, and retired grandfather of nine with some very iconoclastic views.” He also owns a Rhythm Smarter Kit with nine panels in total. Do you see where this is going?

Given the coincidence between the number of panels in a Smarter Kit and the number of grandchildren Grandpa Chris has, it’s as if fate decided for him to set each panel in his kit to a colour that reminded him of each grandchild, and so he did. He chose each colour based on age, maturity, and gender, choosing shades of blue for his grandsons and shades of pink for his granddaughters.

“Each child has a different personality. I chose a [colour] which I felt reminded me of each as we walk into the living room any time, day or night” he shares.

As the grandchildren grow older or experience changes in their lives, he will often change the colour of their Light Panel to reflect the stage of life he or she is in. These changes could include graduation, new friends, career shifts, or other circumstantial changes due to overcoming personal obstacles.

One of Grandpa Chris’s favorite memories is showing his grandchildren their Light Panel colour and the Rhythm Module.

“Our granddaughter brought a friend up for a weekend of swimming, sunning, BBQing, etc. They played their “loud” music in the living room. We left so they had the house to themselves. Afterwards they said it was fun and thanked us. Said they’d be back which is great for us grands.”

Getting his grandchildren to visit isn’t the only use Grandpa Chris has for his Light Panels. As a tech-lover, he likes to use Siri to control each panel by name, using commands like “Hey Siri, panel seven colour grandchild Clarissa” or “Hey Siri, panel six turn off.” And in his down time, he uses his Panels as a reading light.

A family man and a tech-savvy intellectual. Grandpa Chris, you really have this retirement thing figured out.

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