GrandCare Attempts to Help Older People Stay in Touch - Show Notes

GrandCare Attempts to Help Older People Stay in Touch

Saturday Jan 10, 2015 (00:04:31)

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As our world becomes increasingly connected through technology, the unintended side effect is an increasingly isolated elderly population. A population that has had little to no access to or need for connected devices is finding it harder to keep in touch with loved ones or even their doctors.

An increasing number of devices are being created to try and solve this problem, but most of them struggle to make the system easy enough to use with no on-screen clutter. A new entry into this market is GrandCare, which runs on an all-in-one PC. The product is intended to make connecting to personal and medical caregivers easier.

One of the benefits of the system is its ability to connect a collection of medical devices for monitoring of things like weight and blood pressure. The biggest thing the company will have to overcome is the incredibly cluttered screen. The various colors and gradient icons will make it significantly harder for older people with visual problems to see. The inclusion of unrelated information, such as date, time and temperature, can overwhelm those who are already not inclined to use the computer.

While the concept is a good one, it might be better to wait for an update that makes the system more usable or another company to get the UI right.

Interview by Jamie Davis, The Podmedic for the Tech Podcast Network.

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