Many old people do not use mobile phones because they are scared of them. This is a great pity because senior people should use mobile phones like the rest of us.
Seniors often rely, for example, on tradespeople to do things in their homes that they can no longer do themselves, like clean out the guttering or mow the lawns. Such operators like to communicate rapidly via text messages with customers; to warn they are on the approach - please open the garden gate to admit the gardening truck etc.
Often, seniors will get it completely wrong on a voicecall when they are bamboozled with lots of things they might have to remember, so it clearly would be better if it was all written down clear and simple for them
Seniors are scared of texting. There is a need to make mobile phones more attrsactive to seniors so they will not be as scared to use a texting device.
CAF on Mobile Phones for Seniors
Larger sized mobile - mobiles get smaller and smaller but seniors can't cope with that. Think Apple iPad. The iPad is to the iPhone in the same way as the Senior mobile phone is to the regular mobile phone: it's bigger and more friendly - less sexy.
Keypad easy to use with backlit large letters on large buttons that fingers decrepit with arthritis can manage.
Above all this device must be ultra-simple to use. I think this means a LACK of functions. A person must get the feeling they have mastered using this device more or less within a couple of minutes.
I’d like to focus on search and rescue if I may, Raymond.
I have lost good friends to the sea and been present at two maritime disasters.
The last time I watched fishermen sail about in a force 9 gale hunting for survivors with lanterns – at night. I thought to myself there’s got to be a better way .
I emailed my MEP suggesting passengers should perhaps wear wristbands with GPS chips on them – perhaps water activated – or the ability of the captain or pilot to mass activate such personal devices given approaching disaster. However we came up against a tech wall. The size and power of the battery needed to send a signal up to GPS satellites. Then a friends father suggested I get in touch with a company who had designed a credit card shaped battery. Again problems with the architecture. (This was a few years ago and may have changed. (The idea was that that your credit card could be GPS chipped – or perhaps the card shaped battery could be used as a ticket,)
However mobile phones do have the battery power to send signals to satellites – and most people do carry them these days. Big problem though. They are not waterproofed and mostly fail on contact with water.
So…a waterproofed phone – or a phone with a waterproofed aux battery and chip - that self activates – or can be externally activated in the event of an emergency.
Of course if GPS is too difficult then some other frequency – IR, Bluetooth etc that sends out a signal in such a situation that can be detected or triangulated by emergency services.
Being trapped under rubble in an earthquake presents different problems – but a slightly amended on-phone search and rescue system might be worth looking into there as well.
Now it could well be that such systems are already in place – like I said I haven’t done any research in this area for a few years – but if any members could help – of have information in this area – I would be extremely grateful.
Dreaming a bit, I would suggest a phone that could read my reply without me having to say anything.
I also would like less noisy phones, for exmple, the person sitting next to you would not hear you talking, of course the person you are talking to should hear you. A little bubble or something that pops up around you when the phone is ringing. Or a signal that takes away the soundwaves in the room.
My mobile phone is a bit basic, so im not aware of all the features a more modern version might have, but in my own phone i would like
either a button for each letter (like the big new phones) or
2 keys y could hold down (like a shift key on a computer) so when you have 3 letters on a button
default = first letter
left shift = second letter
right shift = third letter
that would make texting much faster
the screen wouldn't black out so quickly when u r looking at number
Given that one of the most tricky things about de Bono thinking skills has been the complexity of remembering which thinking skill to apply at which time - and which thinking skills to apply in sequence...
How about a software program for phones called "THINK FAST" ?
This would be a mobile phone application where you could type in some situational search words or a list or a problem, and a suggested thinking procedure would pop up for you to apply. Then it could prompt you to go further, and the software could suggest another thinking procedure to apply in that situation in combination with the first one - and so on.
Maybe that would be too complicated. The application of thinking skills would be better to be left up to the person involved without trying to second-guess what they need, as indicated by whatever clueless things they would type.
Perhaps an improvement would be software that is an educational thinking tool list to help people access the more complex or complicated thinking tools and their contents, (such as how to look up the definition of some part of the de Bono code.)
In the same way that the magazine collection of National Geographic is now available on one CD, what if there were merely a list of thinking skills that are outlined in each of the 80 books of de Bono's? There could be a summary about how to use them, what they are, and brief example of how they're used.
These could contain references about which page of which book or course of de Bono's the skill was introduced, along with a suggestion of how to combine which other thinking skills complement it.
Anyway - imagine that in this day and age of instant gratification, something like this would really be a hot seller. A shorter and less comprehensive version of this item (such as an outline of CoRT techniques for kids) would also be a hot item to get as a gift for others (others who seem to need to think once in awhile for a change.)
Sorry for not coming back to this site for a few weeks.
Kim, I found there are several phones in China/Hong Kong that are targeted for seniors, but they are not very popular. I guess the seniors may not really want to show other people that he/she is using a "senior" phone.
Sinclair, I believe the phones with GPS can help search and rescue in land as most of the land area is covered with the phone signal. But it seems to me that the phone signal is not there in sea. For land, Google has a service to help tracking the phone location. I used it once when I went to a mountain area in China and my wife could see my position in home computer in Hong Kong.
Asa, if a phone can pick up brain wave, it is possible to make replies or send out messages automatically. This may be a direction for research. About not interfere other people when talking in phone, I also strongly want to find this. Many phones have background reduction techniques. So, it is possible to say very quietly under noise environment. But some people automatically talks loudly under noise environment. Under quiet environment, I use messages. It may be good to have an APP that it can automatically switch from phone mode to SMS mode, and automatically sending the first message such as "I am not convenient to talk. You may send me messages for urgent issues. "
William, this is a good idea.
Franis, how about simply an APP for 6 hats? I was thinking to write an APP on iPhone recently when I am doing the six hat practice with my children. I found some questions are repetitive and can be done with a program (which means I can ask my children to work with iPhone/iPad instead of me. Bad or good?) For iPhone users, I believe we need it simple and easy to use. The APP should help the user to focus in thinking, not interfering.
i just checked the one you mentioned, but I found it is too complex. I doubt people will use it for long.
It may be good to have "thinking stories" with animations. Parents can use them with children on iPAD.
"Thinking stories" with animations - brilliant idea! Children are so literal, so to create "teaching" stories helps them think abstractly.
Lately I've just discovered an interesting idea that is a combination of note-taking and illustration, called "graphic recording." It's fascinating to watch something being drawn, and also "image manipulation" is fascinating, so perhaps an animated program that "draws" images? Perhaps a program that does internet searches for images, prompted by notes you are making that would allow you to select images to go with these notes? Sort of a "ready-made" illustrator...
The idea for showing related images while typing is very good for assisting thinking. Prof de Bono has the "random word method". We may call it "slightly related image method". That means we can pick 20 images from the internet based on the words a person typed. Then, randomly select one and show to the phone user. The image has some relationship to the words, but the image can show a different aspect and allow the phone user to think laterally.
Mobile Phone (portable device) can be used as a "thinking device". De Bono thinking tools can be added to the phone so that people can use them for
(1) personal thinking assistant
(2) practicing using the thinking tools
(3) teaching children
By the way, I purchased several APPs for my iPad for thinking assistant. I found they are not easy to use and actually slow down the thinking process. It is tacky to develop an approach that can really promote people to think.
Did you mean it is tricky to develop an approach that would really promote thinking skills for people to use? (The word "Tacky" is an expression that informally means something that is cheaply made, with questionable or limited usefulness.)
I would agree! EdB needed to continue trying for many decades until he hit on "Six Hats" as a simple tool for people that caught on in a fad and is still in use because it is such a great tool.
The ability to invent thinking skill tools is an enviable ability. - An ability worthy of anyone's aspirations!
Yes, I mean tricky. I will read my posts again before I push Add Reply in the future.
Thinking is really easy without the need to move own fingers. For people who are too lazy to think, why they want to use a phone for helping them to think?
In order to produce a useful iPhone application, I need some good reasons. So far, I found two:
(1) If someone wants to improve own thinking skills and believe 6 hats is a good approach, they can use an application to do so.
(2) If someone wants to teach other people thinking skills, they can use an application to assist the teaching.
I will spend this weekend to produce an iPhone application and try it with my children.