The Hardware

Selfhelp recommends an all-in-one computer, where the computer, touch-screen monitor, web-cam, microphone, and speakers are all integrated into one device.  The optional VSC device looks like a 21” flat screen TV with mouse & keyboard.  With the device, we also provide a large-print keyboard similar the one shown. However, since the device is touchscreen, the older adult simply has to touch the screen to navigate throughout the service.

The VSC can also operate on most modern computers. The minimum requirements are:

  • a device having the ability to display 1920x1080 pixel resolution
  • a sufficiently powerful processor to manage multiple simultaneous video streams
  • Internet connectivity
  • a webcam 

However, we don’t recommend tablets due to their size constraints. Their limited screen size can make it difficult to see the other participants in the class environment.