Friday, October 9, 2009

Mobile Phone for the elderly

There are quite some attempts to create mobile phones for the elderly of which I'm not especially impressed with. They are all about functionality, not about "having a nice chat".

Read the text between the *** if you want to know about my motivation to come up with my solution:
I recently have had the joy of actually borrowing such a phone, the Doro EasyHandle after my father in law simply had to give up. The number keys are big and easy to read and press and the volume of the ringtone is definitely loud enough. The display however is a mess. If you enter a phone number, it appears from the bottom right of the display. This obviously shouldn't be the case in a country where (especially old people) are used to write stuff from left to right. The rendering of the numbers is terrible (1 bit stuff, hard to read and poorly designed font; the only reason for doing this is cost, a good display is more expensive). When the phone number you enter exceeds 6 digits (which all numbers do) it moves the digits one line UP (this should have been down) and starts a new line from the bottom right again.
So here is my solution: use the interface that they have been using all their life. When you are 80 years old, you might have no interest in new functionalities; all you want is to have a cosy chat.

What you are looking at is a mobile phone adapter. It adepts the normal mobile phone interface to a known interface. Inside this phone, there is a normal Nokia mobile phone with a USB port. The dial dish can be used as normal. The normal power plug is used to charge the mobile phone inside. The reason to use this phone over a normal stationary phone is because it has become much cheaper to buy a mobile phone instead of a land-line. Another advantage is that it still easily can be moved around ("mobile"). And personally, I think this wonderfully designed phone might suit my design office pretty good! (and so it does)

No comments: