Friday, October 17, 2014

The Graying of Software

Aging is one thing that affects everyone, regardless of socio-economic status or any other measure of the human condition. So seeing something like Telikin makes me feel good.

Don't mistake this for an endorsement of their product - I've never used it. I'm not recommending that you buy it. But I know that my parents would have loved something like this. They had WebTV, and as awful as that was, they enjoyed using it.

Is there other 'software for seniors'? I don't see much out there. I think there should be more thought, discussion, and action about this. Everyone of us has at least two seniors that have affected our lives. We need to give back. What applications would we write? Reminders? Memory Games? Remotes? Calculators? Almost anything can be re-tooled for senior needs. What software will you want to use when you get old and gray? Will you still be able to use it?

It's a potentially huge market, but it has a very limited budget. Our local retailers offer senior discounts. What about Google - should they give a discount to seniors? How do we verify age to make that possible?

All I have are questions. I think these are questions we should all be asking.

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