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Technology, Bad Design and the Kitchen Pliers

You have a pliers in your kitchen. Rant on. If you were lucky enough to read Don Norman’s rant in Fast Company, you must agree with his view of design and its mismatch with the needs of the elderly. You would agree with Don that today’s designs fail all people, not just the elderly.  Because you too have a pliers or wrench in your kitchen to twist tops off bottles and jars. You puzzle at how best to position a knife to release the suction on jars. You have a slippery front door handle that a person with hand arthritis could never open. You have a not-so-universal TV remote with 45 buttons on it, the smallest of which is ‘Mute’.  If you have another box, it has a remote, and perhaps another for stereo equipment and an stylishly confusing one for Apple TV. And that’s just one room. You frequently want to print from a device to a network printer, which requires a network, which requires a router, which needs an upgrade. Let’s not go there.

Innovative New Device Simplifies Confusing TV Remote Controls

11/18/2015

Ask TV-viewers to comment on the remote controls provided by their cable company and nearly everyone will tell you the same thing: “Too Many Buttons!”

Many of today’s remotes resemble the cockpit of a jetliner and as remotes have become more complex, seniors and the technically unsavvy long for a “kinder, gentler” way to help avoid interruptions when watching their favorite TV shows. Press one wrong button and kablooey: the dreaded Blue Screen, a snow squall, HDMI-3 or a program being broadcast in a strange-sounding foreign language!

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Pure Devices Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Senior-Friendly Technology

08/09/2012

Pure Devices Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Senior-Friendly TechnologyPure Devices Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Senior-Friendly Technology

Seattle-based technology company Pure Devices, aiming to simplify the online communication and entertainment experience for every family member with a particular focus on Seniors, has announced the launch of its Kickstarter campaign. The Pure Devices product is an elegant, tabletop touch screen device accelerated by cloud technologies, providing an intuitive experience for a selected set of online services.

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New remote control for seniors

06/10/2010

The lightweight, easy-to-hold Super Remote SR3 offers a large numeric keypad and simple macro programming to control up to three home entertainment devices.

Harrison, NY – URC, The Pioneer in Control Technology, announces the release of its Super Remote SR3. Priced at $24.99 MSRP and available through national and internet retailers, the affordable Super Remote SR3 replaces up to three conventional remote controls for up to three components. The Super Remote SR3 is also an excellent multi-device remote control option for use in extra rooms, like a kids’ room or guest room.

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Flipper TV Universal Remote

12/22/2009

Regain Control of your TV Remote with Flipper Remote, Two Device Universal

Flipper LLC announces today the launch of its first product, Flipper Remote, the world’s most user friendly Two Device Universal Remote. Flipper allows the TV viewer to get rid of their TV remote hassles this holiday season and regain control of their viewing experience.

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Did seniors and their TVs become disconnected in the analog-digital switch?

I tend not to write about gadgets -- but the TV remote has bugged me for a while -- since the analog-digital switch, my mother-in-law struggles to use the remote control of her new digital TV.  Sometimes she gets it by reading printed directions. Sometimes she just yanks the cord out of the wall to turn it off. Somehow, I don't think she is the only one who used to have an older-style dial TV that you walked up to and switched on. From an e-mail I received recently: "When we gave the new TV to my husband's mother, she said, "what's with all the buttons? Up, down, off, on.

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