Never Too Old for a Computer

There’s this perception that the silver generation gets intimidated by technology and can find it difficult to get savvy with gadgets. Four of my family members…all above 65 years and only one of them is comfortable with computers. So maybe the perception is true, and this is why designers like Ryan Klinger are spending hours on designing a laptop especially for them. Personal Computing for Older Adults can be a solution, and it has my support!

Designer: Ryan Klinger

34 Comments

  • Ben says:

    It looks like a child of AdamoXPS and OLPC.

  • Ben says:

    It looks like a child of AdamoXPS and OLPC.

  • Blame says:

    That concept already exists!!

  • Blame says:

    That concept already exists!!

  • mf says:

    why the hell are ALT ans Shift switched? To make it harder to work on any other computer?

  • mf says:

    why the hell are ALT ans Shift switched? To make it harder to work on any other computer?

  • Bryan says:

    Love everything but that keyboard layout. That would be all but unusable.

  • Bryan says:

    Love everything but that keyboard layout. That would be all but unusable.

  • adamant says:

    ‘Aging users’ have been using standard Qwerty keyboards for all their lives. Moving the keys around does not help them. Moving the keys will insure that ALL users are hunt and peck typists however.

  • adamant says:

    ‘Aging users’ have been using standard Qwerty keyboards for all their lives. Moving the keys around does not help them. Moving the keys will insure that ALL users are hunt and peck typists however.

  • Good design man..very very good design

  • Good design man..very very good design

  • Jimmy C says:

    In my mind this only addresses part of the problem. What you could also do to help aging users would be to design a new type of browser that makes more sense to those in old age.
    And hey, people? I get the thing about the keyboard, but as long as it's there, you might as well suggest an improvement, don't you think?

  • levi says:

    Great , love it.

  • levi says:

    Great , love it.

  • Not impressed these type of models are everywhere!!!

  • Not impressed these type of models are everywhere!!!

  • Nigel Houghton says:

    The hardware is rarely the main obstacle for older people using a computer. The main problem is that the software is too complex. The fact that older people need to go on training courses or rely on friends and family to learn their way around what should be the simplest of tasks highlights the problem. This computer looks good, and although the layout is a little strange, most first time users will not be phased by it – their relatives might! Until there is a software that makes access to the four main applications easy, the computer will remain a no go area for millions of older people and technophobes.

  • Nigel Houghton says:

    The hardware is rarely the main obstacle for older people using a computer. The main problem is that the software is too complex. The fact that older people need to go on training courses or rely on friends and family to learn their way around what should be the simplest of tasks highlights the problem. This computer looks good, and although the layout is a little strange, most first time users will not be phased by it – their relatives might! Until there is a software that makes access to the four main applications easy, the computer will remain a no go area for millions of older people and technophobes.

  • aphrodite says:

    Cool concept and the angle is good for the computer because it prevents it from overheating. However, it looks like there is only one angle and even though this is supposed to be the "right" one for elderly people, I still think you should be able to adjust it because they way you use a computer also depends on your height, the way you stand etc.

  • aphrodite says:

    Cool concept and the angle is good for the computer because it prevents it from overheating. However, it looks like there is only one angle and even though this is supposed to be the “right” one for elderly people, I still think you should be able to adjust it because they way you use a computer also depends on your height, the way you stand etc.

  • poop says:

    i like it

  • poop says:

    i like it

  • Bas says:

    very nice! I like it.

  • Suzanne says:

    Perfect! very nice!

  • Marjan says:

    That looks very nice!

  • Perfect! I like it

  • John says:

    that is very nice to see!

  • Betsy says:

    Agree! Many of us in the AARP generation took typing classes in high school expecting to be secretaries. What I want is good, clear screen resolution that adapts to large fonts without looking weird. I never look at the keys.

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