Sunday, February 09, 2014

Making smartphones easier to use

This company recently acquired some grant funding from Nominet to help further develop its product.

This is what the company says about itself.

EqualEyes is a family of tools that adapt smart-phones so the user experience is intuitive, accessible and affordable for older people, primarily the UK's 10 million 'young elderly', aged between 60 and 75, who are still independent and have been using mobile devices for the last decade but find smartphones too complicated or intimidating.

The technology was initially developed for blind and disabled people. Nominet Trust is funding the modification of these tools and adaptation of existing softwares to meet the needs of a more mainstream, older audience.

It will be interesting to see what they produce.

At some stage the native operating systems of smartphones will (most certainly should) provide this accessible functionality. Until they do, there will be a window of opportunity for companies like EqualEyes. Dick Stroud

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