Monday, March 21, 2011
Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 04:00 PM
"The Gadgeteer has discussed technology for senior citizens in the past, even posing the question “What’s the perfect computer for Grandma?” Kiwi PC may have the answer. This computer is a standard computer with a few tweaks to make it easier to use. The Kiwi PC for Seniors is running a customized Linux Ubuntu 10.10 OS with a “Me Menu” system that simplifies the choices."
The Kiwi PC looks like a good idea, and helping seniors access computers and the Internet is an admirable task, but I wonder about the utility of this. I imagine the computer uses a standard keyboard and mouse interface which I think is probably not the best interface. With the introduction of good touch interfaces, a touch panel like an iPad, or a 10' Android tablet would seem a better fit. The interface is more intuitive and itneracting with a tablet is leagues easier than trying to control a mouse. Does anyone think there is a place for these kinds of computers anymore or have they been surpassed by newer technology?