Category Archives: Seniors

Instapaper auto adjusts contrast based on time of day

Instapaper is a neat little iPhone app that lets you save websites for future perusal. What’s interesting about its latest release is that it lets you enter your location, and adjusts the text/background contrast from dark-on-light to light-on-dark around the … Continue reading

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Shine on you crazy keyboard

Hmm…spend $2,400 on an Optimus Maximus keyboard, or spend $10 for fluorescent keyboard labels that will at least let us pretend we have an Optimus. The Glowing Keyboard Stickers could be useful for some people with low vision, but we … Continue reading

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The Skype’s the limit

Skype announced that they’re working with LG and Panasonic to bring VoIP capabilities to selected TV models…the same day that we got an email from a woman looking for a Skype access strategy for her older parents overseas, who find … Continue reading

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New wrinkles in TV for elders

Here’s a new 32 inch LED TV with minimal, easy controls — the remote only has 6 buttons.  The price includes installation and personal support.  It even turns itself off if it thinks you might have drifted off.   This thing … Continue reading

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Talking with my g-g-generation

AARP and Microsoft just published the results of a (small) market survey of 50-60 year old Boomers and their attitudes towards technology. Although assistive features didn’t seem to come up by name, the inevitable Boomer self-centric world view resulted in … Continue reading

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The turn of the SQ?

We wrote several days ago about the Dream Screen, a limited Internet access device that might find its niche in a senior/accessibility arena. A portable device with even more potential is the Lighthouse SQ7, which provides a web browser, easy … Continue reading

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