Tablet for Seniors
When my Dad had a stroke and could not manage his keyboard and computer, I thought a ipad tablet would be perfect for him. But I was wrong. It was so frustrating that I had to take it away. He would want to hold it and when he did the screen would shift it, he would point to things to talk about them, and the image would disappear. The commands were not clear and so many things happen when he let his fingers rested on the screen. It was not fun for him.
Recently we tried again this time with my Mom who has never really mastered the computer. But this time my sister found a solution that worked. It is a touch screen tablet designed for seniors called Telikin that is set up like a computer.
It is super simple with clear buttons and functions that fit the needs of a seniors who might be getting their first computer, or losing their memory or eyesight. My mother loves it. She finds it much easier than the phon. It draws photos directly from facebook she makes it easy for the rest of the family to keep her in the loop when posting to facebook. Too bad we were not able to use it with my Dad, it might have made his last months more pleasant.
And finally, a solution to typing on a an ipad. The value of the ipad is it's size, adding a bulky keyboard defeats the purpose. When I saw the projected magic cube keyboard, I thought I found the solution, but unfortunately, it was hard to position it in a way that worked for me. And my fingers longed for the tactile sense of a keyboard. So when I saw the ad for a transparant Touchfire membrane keyboard, I was hopeful and willing to take a risk.
And I liked that it was funded by kickstarter, a way for people to fund the development of good ideas. And I am happy to report that I found it to be just want I was looking for. I can see through it, or flip it up with small magnets and it attaches to the folding Apple ipad cover. It is small enough to move out of the way, but easy enough to use. So I am happy to have my really portable keyboard.