While most of the newest tech products are marketed at youngsters or people of working age, there's an increasing number of gadgets aimed at senior users as well. A case in point is the recently introduced Memo Touch tablet, which is based on a 10-inch Archos 101 tablet and comes with custom software that provides memory-challenged aging users with virtual assistance to help them deal with everyday activities and it allows caregivers to update content remotely.
The tablet displays current day and time, as well as remotely managed information and reminders. Caregivers, or family members can log into a website at any time, where it's possible to post information, messages, or reminders for the Memo Touch's owner. These include a "crawl line" with personalized messages, calendar with ringtone alerts, to-do lists and a pillbox feature with names of medications and instructions for taking them. There's also a weather forecast, phone list with emergency and frequently-called numbers and a photo album with grouped view and text labels. In case of an emergency, the Help button automatically sends a text, e-mail or both to the caregiver.
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Running Android, its creators say the Memo Touch doesn't require any computer experience and overrides other software on the tablet so the user "cannot accidentally get lost in a maze of applications, menus, or out in cyberspace." An internet connection is required though, to enable the remote manageability.
Memo Touch is not the only tablet solution for the elderly - Angela from Independa for example, provides some similar functionalities. Memo Touch, however, is much more limited in terms of online access, as it is intended primarily for users with early-stage dementia and mild cognitive impairment.
The Memo Touch tablet can be purchased online for the price of US$299. It also requires an additional US$179 for a six-month subscription, or US$300 for a 12-month subscription, which allows use of the remote management website. The company's returns policy allows the unit to be returned within three months (if not damaged and the software is unchanged) and the subscription fee will be refunded for the remaining months.