Intergenerational (Re)Connection Made Simple
The Simple Smartphone solution is an OS-level Android system software that converts any smartphone into a senior-friendly device. It is currently implemented in phones made by Samsung, LG, Huawei, and Swissvoice, among others. The Simple Smartphone offers a convenient way to communicate and access social media apps, messages, and images that is tailored to the needs of older adults.
- Tapping-only activation. The Simple Smartphone software is built around our patented “Positive Touch” technology. Using a unique combination of 3 elements—a long tap with both vibratory and visual feedback—this technology prevents the user from activating an undesired feature as a result of pressing the wrong key. The duration of the press-and-hold action can be individually adjusted. Swipe and scroll gestures are kept to a minimum.
- Older adults benefit also from enlarged fonts, simple backgrounds, labelled buttons, and written and voice confirmation requests for input commands.
The Power of Simplicity
In addition, the Simple Smartphone offers a range of features that make navigating the device an easy and straightforward endeavor:
The easiest way to dial in and dial out
Simple access to information
Remote management capabilities
Easy activation of applications
Speedy communication in time of need
Case in Point: the JDC JOINTECH Project
During the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the JDC (American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a.k.a. Joint) took upon itself to provide elderly Jews in Former Soviet Union area with Simple Smartphones to relieve their loneliness and help them reconnect with their peers and families. The JDC chose to use the Simple Smartphone because it provided a way both to facilitate direct communications and also to enable the users to be actively involved in social events. We are proud of the dramatic difference that the Simple Smartphone has already made in these older adults’ lives.