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Old 07-16-2012, 09:00 PM
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Default Getting Seniors Connected

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/14/review-the-telikin-pc-for-older-folks/' target='_blank'>http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/14/re...or-older-folks/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Well the Telikin is an entirely different sort of PC. Built as an all-in-one device, the machine includes an 18- or 20-inch screen, large-print keyboard, and a normal wired mouse. It runs an unnamed version of Linux and is completely locked down, dumping you into a kiosk-like experience that you can&rsquo;t leave."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1342462842.usr20447.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>Targeting seniors and getting them connected is an admirable task.&nbsp; While some seniors may be comfortable and fully able to live a full life without going online, I can see that many want to remain connected to their family, and the Internet is a great way of doing it.&nbsp; The problem is that computers tend to have large learning curves and lots of kinks to confuse people not used to technology.&nbsp; Having grown up with computers, most things are second nature to me, but when working with my parents, I can understand the challenges that face them.&nbsp; I like the Telikin concept, but I think a more successful implementation would be something based on Android.&nbsp; An iOS device would also be welcome, but I suspect Apple is satisfied that their current offerings are sufficient.&nbsp; A custom Android tablet could prove useful to seniors as it provides a more intuitive and easier to use interface.&nbsp; With Ice Cream Sandwich and beyond, usability is also up there.&nbsp; It would be great to see more seniors get online and be exposed to everything that the Internet has to offer!</p>
 
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