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UK Government: New technology challenge to support people who are isolating

Discussion in 'Epidemics (including Covid-19)' started by Andy, Mar 23, 2020 at 2:55 PM.

  1. Andy

    Andy Committee Member & Outreach

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    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-technology-challenge-to-support-people-who-are-isolating
     
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    Denise Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I hope they continue the services afterwards for those who consistently have to self-isolate.
     
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    Sasha Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I'd like to see some gadget as simple as a landline that offers online video calls for elderly people who aren't familiar with the Internet and wouldn't know what to do with a computer even if they had one (and it's too late to sit next to them and coach them now). I'd buy my mum one like a shot if it existed.
     
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    alktipping Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    have you seen the advert for portal looks like a tablet but the advert seams to make it look very simple to use .possibly misleading .
     
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    Sasha Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I did see an ad, but when I looked at a demo on YouTube I thought it would be well beyond anyone not used to the Internet. You don't just switch it on and have a simple interface, unfortunately.

    Massive tech opportunity for a business, I'd have thought.
     
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    alktipping Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    yes so many adverts for tech are allowed to be very misleading . like when they show modern phone apps working really fast and then in very small print at the bottom a disclaimer deliberately placed there because our brains are wired to see moving images first . I think such advertising is very dishonest and puts me of having any dealings with those companies and products.
     
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    Gecko Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Possibly still too complex but there are some phones designed for the elderly such as this one:
    https://www.techsilver.co.uk/product/easy-smartphone-elderly/

    If it's set up for them, they were told how to turn it off and on, and had instructions, then picking up a WhatsApp video call might be doable. But I do agree tech companies could quite easily do better here, and would have a market.
     
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