Communications Pad for Elders
The primary aim behind the PAD is to reduce the problem of loneliness for Elders. The PAD will allow the elder to communicate in novel ways, and will also provide a number of other applications, such as an ebook reader.
Since a significant feature of the system is to enable communications within a sheltered housing complex, and a wireless network is being installed, it is possible for elders to announce on the network whether or not they are available. Other users, outside the complex, will also be able to take part. A dominant part of the interface is therefore a screen showing who is available. To the side will be the list of available applications that the PAD can be used for. The list of applications could be extended over time.
© Peter Bagnall