I get it. Some folks over a certain age have always had problems programming the VCR or figuring out how the email works. But does that mean there’s a market for simple-to-use tablets designed so even the most tech illiterate can use them?
The makers of Claris Companion certainly hope so. Their tablet has a simple user interface, tools to let seniors keep in touch with their family members, initiate phone calls with contacts, view medication reminders, and more.
That doesn’t come cheap though — the tablet runs $549 with a $39 per month subscription which includes 24/7 support. You can also get the tablet for $99, but that drives up the monthly fee to $59. Or you can get a lifetime subscription and a tablet for $995.
Or you could just buy an iPad or keep using pencil and paper to jot down notes.
Here’s a roundup of today’s tech news stories from around the web.
- Claris Companion tablet is designed for tech-unsavvy seniors (and costs an arm a leg)
Tablets like the iPad are generally considered easier to use than traditional computers with a mouse, keyboard, separate monitor, and so on. So do we really need special tablets for individuals who aren’t tech savvy? Or would an iPad app suffice? [CNET]
- Customized Kindle app for rooted NOOK E Ink eReaders
Barnes & Noble’s NOOK eReaders run Android, and if you root them you can even install third party Android apps — including the Amazon Kindle app. Here’s a modified version that lets you flip pages in eBooks by tapping the volume buttons on a NOOK. [MoDaCo]
- Mobile graphics chips benchmarked, Vivante GC4000 offers best image quality
There are a lot of different ways to benchmark a graphics card… but in this particular test, the Vivante GC4000 bests the latest from NVIDIA, ARM, and Imagination. [CNX Software]
- HTC could launch Windows tablets running Windows Blue in Q3
Rumors of an HTC Windows tablet have been making the rounds for ages. The latest has HTC waiting for the next version of Windows to arrive before launching 7 and 12 inch tablets. [Phone Arena]
- Rovio Accounts: Sync Angry Birds progress between devices
Have a phone and a tablet, and want to be able to pick up on one where you left off on the other? There’s a synchronization service for that. [The Verge]