In our growing world, we all are more connected than ever through the internet and social media platforms. If anyone is connected to this world, then they miss out on a lot that happens such as social connectivity, social groups, up to date trends and news, etc. The reality of the situation is that the elderly do not befit as much as youngsters from the digital world.
This divide or gap between the older and younger generations can be bridged by helping the seniors use some devices. Some senior-focused devices make it easier for them to connect to the digital world. Sirona.TV is a set-top box that allows greater connectivity, health facilities, safety facilities, and entertainment for the elderly with an added microphone voice input and remote-control interface.
This type of TV has different versions such as Sirona Connect, Sirona Safety, Sirona Health, and Sirona AIP and you can pick the one most suitable for you according to its specifications.
Apart from this, there are other devices such as Jitterbug Smart 2, a smartphone designed for the elderly, and Grandpad which is a tablet for them. These three types of technology may be beneficial for the elderly but we will see which one is the most beneficial.
Tablets are larger making it easier to use. However, they are not portable. These tablets are also not flexible because they have been locked to the network of the service provider, making it unable to connect to other wireless network providers. Furthermore, the elderly may not be familiar with the workings of these tablets such as their operating system, typing, etc.
Devices such as Jitterbug 2 are a smartphone for seniors because it is designed according to their behaviors and needs. They also provide health and safety benefits. However, these phones are locked into the networks of the provider and are not flexible to work with the wireless service providers. This increases the monthly costs significantly. Furthermore, the smaller size makes it difficult to use.
- Smart TV
Smart TV is the largest which makes it the most suitable for the elderly population in which the majority of them have vision problems. Furthermore, TVs are technological equipment that they have familiarized themselves with for many years so it provides the easiest user interface making use of the remote control. They also have speech-to-text input which makes it more convenient as the elders will not need to learn to type.
Features of TV
The basic features of TVs with this type of set-top box are family albums, music videos, movies, games, weather, and contacts.
- Communication: For greater communication, there are options for phone calls, video calls, texts, and notifications.
- Voice companion: The device acts as a friend by giving personal reminders, companionship, and even question and answers.
- Remote health monitoring
- Medication reminder
Amongst the three types of devices mentioned that can be used to bring the older generation closer to technology, the TV and the set-top box mentioned above seems like the most feasible option. It provides extra features than the other options and caters to every need of the elderly.