The convinece of face recognition is evident in photography and social sites where people are automatically tagged. Extending this concept to telephones, the Elderly E Phone uses image recognition rather than a keypad for the entering of phone numbers. It is aimed at the silver generation, who have a hard time dialing or remembering numbers.
The designers explain, “Elderly e Phone concept uses simple image recognition for the making of calls. First, the phone must be pre-set with the numbers that correspond to particular facial photographs of one’s contacts. When a call is to be made to one of these people, the user simply needs to hold the phone’s image finder above the photograph and press ‘OK’. The phone will recall the appropriate number and the call will be placed directly.”
Elderly E Phone is a 2013 red dot award: design concept winning entry.
Designers: Prof. Dai Yunting, Lu Junshi, Liu Fei, Jiang Ying & Zhu Yunpeng