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Interface designers opt for cool over useful

In recent years, TV Remote control devices became more usable – except for Apple’s.  Rant on. Starting with the older one (“Ridiculously symmetrical and highly unusable”) to the most recent Siri remote – where they give up on usable buttons and enable changing the channel by voice. You gotta love a company with a device so devoid of buttons – and so easily off the rails with an accidental touch.  No wonder it makes more sense to talk to it. Meanwhile, many usable TV remote control devices are in the market, including an Apple TV button remote from Function101 and you can also get a button universal remote control – and even one that is back-lit – so you can see the buttons – crazy!  Why are these devices called senior remotes?  Duh, because they have buttons, which seniors, maybe tired of all the accidentally swiping and zooming they do with their smartphones, just seem comforting and accessible.

How Innovative Technology Allows the Silver Tsunami to Age in Place

04/21/2022

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., April 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Silver Tsunami has arrived. Today there are 46 million older adults in the United States. By 2050, that number is expected to grow to 90 million. Those adults aged 85 and older, who often need assistance with personal care, will nearly quadruple by the year 2040. According to AARP, 77% of them want to age in place, in their own home. Our nation is aging; how will they get help?

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