by Laurie Orlov, Aging in Place Technology
The best consumer tech is barely out-of-the-box usable – for anyone. iPad, Schmipad. Although there is always a story here or there about one who loves the device and wants to teach others (60 days of classes!!!), apps like Family Ribbon to make it easier to use continue to pop up along with training both in store and beyond. So in the face of so much enthusiasm, it is hard for me to say this, but guess what? If you aren’t born imagining that 4 fingers would reveal the already created task row of previously used apps, that menus disappear, that the style of user interface for various apps is inconsistent, that screen-to-screen navigation varies from touching a tiny dot at the screen base to swiping a swoop to the next page, 60 days of training sounds like a pretty good idea. And as far as user interface design, this is the best of the best and it is not acceptable!
Tech design -- we're getting older, but is it getting better?
The Huffington Post | By Shelley Emling
If you think a lot of technology has passed seniors by, think again. Recent research shows that baby boomers comprise the fastest growing segment of smartphone owners. And nearly half of all seniors online use Facebook. Indeed, boomers make up a third of all Internet users, with a third of those boomers describing themselves as "heavy Internet users."
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