Futuristic device could help Doncaster people connect with lost loved ones

A Doncaster man who wishes he knew more about his grandfather is backing a project which could bring people a slice of family heritage through technology.

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 6:00 am

Alexander Rhodes lost his grandfather Peter Dawson 15 years ago.

Alexander, 33, from Woodlands, said: “I didn’t have the best upbringing but my grandad was always a role model for me.

“I respected him and he inspired me.

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Alexander Rhodes says he wishes he had a way to hear his granddads stories.
Alexander Rhodes says he wishes he had a way to hear his granddads stories.

“I wish that there was a way for me to know more about him and hear his stories.

“He passed away before the big wave of technology.

“I don’t have snippets of him on Facebook or YouTube.”

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This is why Alexander has got involved with Augr - a new service which will help pass down family history.

The futuristic device will be able to record stories and be played back to generations to come.

Augr will use a combination of AI and new technologies to make this possible.

“If it had existed when he was alive then I would have been able to hear his voice now,” he continued.

“It will help people to relive memories and reflect.

“There are millions of people who have lost loved ones and don’t have mementos to remember them by.”

There will be a social media platform as well as a physical device when the project is launched later this year.

If you want to find out more about Augr you can here.

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