Just looking for some advice on external speakers/microphones i can connect to my phone for use with group video calls.
My son and I play Mario Kart with his Aunt and cousins and we prop up phones/ipads and the like to transmit video and voice while we're playing. Out of interest, we live 12 timezones away from each other so this is how we connect.
As anyone with kids can imagine, getting actual social connection this way is REALLY HARD. The kids get really excited and keep chattering and have no idea what's happening with the others on the other side of the world with the a) small screen b) crappy phone speakers and c) crappy phone microphones. I mean this is normal even in person with small kids and video games and even harder this way. Add on the fact that my son has a slight hearing impairment and he can't hear anything my other family are saying during an actual game and sometimes they can't hear him. The hearing impairment is just slight, but it means he needs to focus a bit more on what people are saying which most certainly doesn't happen when it comes from my crappy phone speaker, and we're also in the middle of a game!
Sometimes it almost feels like we could just be playing other random people with no video/sound and it would be almost the same due to the sound challenges which is a real shame.
Better equipment is most certainly NOT going to fix this completely as it's just a fact of life, even in person with kids (hah). But I want to remove as much impediment to this avenue of connection as I can. I want to make it better.
Maybe two sets of bluetooth headsets for me and my son?
I'd rather make it a bit more natural and just connect up decent speakers/microphones but if headsets are the way to go we could do that.