tablets and eReaders

includes non-PC-based communication devices, such as tablets, e-Readers

VoiceFriend Gets the Message Out

06/16/2011

Bringing families and communities together through communications.

(Feb. 1, 2011) WALTHAM, MA – It’s the new standard for delivering voice and text messages and email: VoiceFriend. Now commercially available, the cloud-based solution offers an enhancement in community services without increased costs for senior living communities, and other groups and organizations that need an adaptable communication tool. >>> Read more . . .

Waltham firm seeks to improve communications for seniors

VoiceFriend works as a Web-based platform voice messaging in senior housing.

06/16/2011

Technology keeps us close

Compressing time/distance between grandparents, grandchildren.

06/12/2011

Amazon to Launch Library Lending for Kindle Books

06/20/2011

Customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 local libraries to read on Kindle and free Kindle reading apps

Whispersyncing of notes, highlights and last page read to work for Kindle library books >>> Read more . . .

Aging in Place Technology Watch May 2011 Newsletter

Age before beauty -- how about plain old tech design usability?  Palo Alto pundits pondered SRI's 2011 'Ten Tech Trends' this week. Fortunately for the cynical among the non-attendees, a transcript was provided.  "Trend # 1 -- Age Before Beauty -- Baby Boomers will dictate the technology products of the future."  Hmm. Arguments for having more tech designed specifically for older adults included referencing the big-buttoned Jitterbug phone and the fact that the whole country will soon be like Florida (population? weather forecast?). Supporter panelist Steve Jurvetson made the case for more age-inspired entrepreneurship, but Ajay Senkut from Clarium Capital objected (along with the attendees) and said that boomers and beyond would buy and use technology that is well-designed for all. The flip-side of this trend should have been discussed and wasn't -- why is so much tech disproportionately designed for the young and then surprises vendors (see Kindle, see iPad) when it is used by older adults? To me, this element of surprising vendors with adoption trends speaks of inadequate market research and pre-launch analysis.  >>> Read more . . .

Aging in Place Technology Watch May 2011 Newsletter

Age before beauty -- how about plain old tech design usability?  Palo Alto pundits pondered SRI's 2011 'Ten Tech Trends' this week. Fortunately for the cynical among the non-attendees, a transcript was provided.  Trend # 1 -- Age Before Beauty -- Baby Boomers will dictate the technology products of the future."  Hmm. Arguments for having more tech designed specifically for older adults included referencing the big-buttoned Jitterbug phone and the fact that the whole country will soon be like Florida (population? weather forecast?). Supporter panelist Steve Jurvetson made the case for more age-inspired entrepreneurship, but Ajay Senkut from Clarium Capital objected (along with the attendees) and said that boomers and beyond would buy and use technology that is well-designed for all. The flip-side of this trend should have been discussed and wasn't -- why is so much tech disproportionately designed for the young and then surprises vendors (see Kindle, see iPad) when it is used by older adults? To me, this element of surprising vendors with adoption trends speaks of inadequate market research and pre-launch analysis.  >>> Read more . . .

iPads in senior housing -- could be -- with help

Hype alert -- for senior housing residents -- iPads may both amaze and confound.  Caution -- this is not a review, even though I have a brightly lit iPad next to me as I write this text on a PC. I still love my PC because I've become fond its high feedback QWERTY keyboard with its easy-to-find punctuation, mouse access to grabbing text and URLs easily, and other conveniences that have rather grown on me over the years.  I admit to loving the iPad for reading a book, as a home music streamer, watching a movie on a plane, looking at my street from a satellite, and examining news sites.  But this is not about me. This is about the use of an iPad in senior housing settings. For example, check out this video made by a Colorado news station that shows an iPad tutorial for the over-88 senior housing residents -- which I just watched for the third time.  >>> Read more . . .

iPad (or other tablet) in senior housing community

This is a quite entertaining video of the introduction of iPads into a senior housing community.

05/19/2011

Ecumen and Presto Bring Computerless Email to Seniors Living at Home

05/17/2011

New collaboration provides a rich, digital connection between family members and their senior loved ones without requiring them to use a computer or have Internet service.

Shoreview, MN and Los Altos, CA (PRWEB) May 17, 2011 >>> Read more . . .

The Research is In (Part I): Who Makes Tech for Seniors Work in the Home?

Relief, some practical advice.  Last but not least at ASA last Saturday was the session that Laurie Orlov of Aging in Place Technology Watch had invited me and my comrade Susan Estrada of Aldea Communications and Happy@Home to participate in, “Technology for Seniors at Home:  Who and What Makes it Work“. Despite the timing of the session, we had a good time sharing our message with an intrepid passle of supporters including folks from a wide range of aging services organizations.  I think these folks were relieved that someone was finally going to provide a few practical suggestions.  “The Research” is Part I of a two piece blog on who makes technology work (or not work for that matter).  Part II will be more on the practical side.  >>> Read more . . .

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