Connecting with your grandchildren

By Rachel Leigh - bio | email

JUPITER, FL (WFLX) - Keith Bolton's grandson, Landon, lives 1,300 miles away. "In 2005, my wife and I were sitting out on the patio, and we were saying, 'We really miss our grandchildren. There has to be another way to communicate with them.'"

Keith, who has a PhD in computer science, then went to work creating a program that allows him and Landon to have 'video visits.' "We were able to see Landon, interact with Landon, play a game. We did a coloring book together interactively. We watched a movie together, and we read a storybook together."

Called 'Grandchild Connection', the system, through the power of the Internet, is easy to use no matter if you're 3 or 93. "We develop the bond that's so important at the early age between a grandchild and a grandparent."

In fact, the bond between Landon and his grandpa has grown so much, their daily video visits last for hours. "To keep the grandchild's attention is the most important thing that we do with the grandchild connection system, so we've created different tools to catch their eyes."

But Keith's job is far from being over as his next project, called the 'FunCation Station', includes the whole family. "In the Fun House, you'll be able to connect with eight to 10 of the people you love."

So missing bedtime stories is now a thing of the past.