It not a camera, it doesn't surf the web nor does it alert you when a hot chick or guy is in your vicinity and it doesn't do txt msgs. What it does do is just be a telephone – it sends and receives calls – but with these elder advantages:
- Big buttons
- Bright, large screen
- Simple yes/no buttons
- Operator assistance
- Large text
- On-screen hints
- Hearing aid compatible
…and a bunch of other features. Of course, it is only available if you subscribe to the Jitterbug service, but it can be had for a low as $10 a month. This is a terrific elder product.
Automobiles are becoming more elder friendly too. The Northwest Herald reports that five models have added features to make driving easier for older people (although folks of any age could appreciate these :
- Keyless ignition
- Rear backup sensors
- Heated drivers seat
- Voice-controlled heating/cooling system
- Buttonless shifters
- Roomy interior
- Rear backup camera
- …and more
Not every feature is available on every model of car and the big thing I see missing is seats that rotate outward to make entering and exiting easier, but I’ll bet that’s coming soon.
The items above (and some others) are available on 2006 models of the Toyota Avalon, Prius and Sienna, the Ford Five Hundred and BMW 7 Series, but they are undoubtedly being incorporated in 2007 and future models.
What products or innovations have you discovered that make life better, safer, easier for elders and other people too?