tablets and eReaders

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

Aging in Place Technology Watch November 2011 Newsletter

With tablets, eReaders and smart phones, will individual home broadband matter? I wonder why more isn’t written about rural broadband and FCC initiatives that are intended to expand broadband access at the same time tablet, eReader and smart phone use is exploding?  A data plan for your smart phone or tablet is portable. Some eReaders have built-in 3G cellular services that enable downloading of (some) free books. Carriers may soon lose interest in promoting low-cost broadband for seniors if they ever really cared about it at all. This may soon make the deployment of tablets, smart phones (currently kind of dumb) and eReaders the best way to bring older adults online and connected to family, friends and services. >>> Read more . . .

Tablets and smart phones – stifling our communicating selves

To type or not to type – that is the tablet question. A long time ago in a cubicle far, far away, one fingered poking at keys sent a clear message – this person can’t touch type. Must have missed the high school typing class in favor of shop.  I knew many one-fingered programmers, back in the day – they advanced to management quickly to avoid exposure as the typing frauds they were. They weren’t big on writing longhand letters, and voluminous e-mails were not strengths. But authors, journalists and now bloggers (all 156 million of them) know that their strength is in paragraphs with punch AND punctuation, clauses, and…even upper-lower case. But with tablets and smart phones, the era of richness in typed text may be near an end – watch the swiping users to know of what I speak. >>> Read more . . .

Research: Turning any surface into a touch screen

The 'no tablet tablet': imagine that the form factor shrinks substantially. :)

10/19/2011

ipad helps elderly remember, socialize

Great example of the change enabled by the use of an iPad.

10/03/2011

Consider technologies designed for all, including older adults

Summarizing the Pew Research reports to expose boomer/senior tech adoption trends was quite an eye opener, shining a light on the wide gap between enthusiasm and hype versus the reality of actual boomer/senior buyers and users. For example, in case you were wondering: the tablet, E-reader and smart phone have not taken the 65+ population by storm. But 24% of boomers and 11% of seniors have smart phones today – and I believe that number will double at the next survey. Not exactly a groundswell, nevertheless a clear recognition of benefit. >>> Read more . . .

Retailing AIP Tech: Early Observations from the Fair

Fried at the fair. This year, we were selected to have a retail stand at the San Diego County Fair. There are 1.4 million people expected to attend the fair during its 22-day run from June through July 4. In addition to the infamous Chicken Charlie’s fried food (fried Kool Aid is this year’s hit, many people attend the fair for the shopping — four large halls full of Sham Wows, Vitamixes and assorted pitchmen and gizmos. >>> Read more . . .

Is a smartphone better for navigating than a traditional GPS?

This writer says go forth with the smartphone.

06/28/2011

Independa Launches Angela – Social Engagement and Fun for Remote Care Recipients

06/28/2011

Game-changing solution connects caring family members, professionals
with the elderly, prolonging independence and enriching Golden Years
>>> Read more . . .

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 . . .

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