elderly computerIf you are an elderly person in the UK, and you have stayed away from computers due to your fear of them, a new computer has launched that may be just what you are looking for.

The BBC had a report today about a new line of computers called SimplicITy that is directed squarely at the elderly.  According a recent survey, 6 million residents of the UK over the age of 65 have never used the Internet, and that are the people SimplicITy is going to try to help.

Using a simplified navigation screen that has only 6 buttons, a person can browse the Web, email, chat with friends and family and more, and there is no extraneous items on the computer that might confuse someone.  The computer also comes loaded with 17 videos hosted by UK television presenter Valerie Singleton (sample video at the bottom of the post) that will explain everything you need to know about your computer in simple terms.

Some critics have said that these new computers are patronizing to the elderly, but we say exactly the opposite.  My 89-year-old grandmother has never used the Internet, and is frightened to even try it with me sitting right next to her, but this she could understand.  I also would love it as her grandson because I wouldn’t have to worry about her accidentally deleting anything of importance, or possibly downloading all of the usual viruses.

This is exactly the type of product we had in mind when we started this site, and we think this is the type of product whose time has come.  With the baby boomers aging rapidly, there are still many of them who don’t understand computers, and this is going to be a huge segment of the population not online.  We hope it’s a huge success, and maybe they’ll think about expanding to the USA.


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