On tour with TAITRA in Taipei, Taiwan, NBR had the opportunity to preview the latest technology from Acer its headquarters. The grandPad tablet is specifically designed for seniors aged 75 and up. It’s only planned for the U.S. market at this time, with a service charge of $60 per month. The subscription includes 4G wireless connectivity. Let’s take a look at what makes this device unique.
Acer’s grandPad – Optimized for Seniors
The idea with the grandPad is to make it intuitive for seniors to stay in touch with their loved ones, and vice versa. In the U.S., there are over 22 million over the age of 75 – in other words, it’s a big market. Catering to seniors is no simple affair, however. Here are some of the features that make the grandPad stand out from other tablets:
- Specialized software. With a touch screen and large icons, the grandPad is designed to be easy to hold and use. Various apps are preinstalled, including music and photos.
- Pre-loaded with everything out of the box. Acer says the grandPad will arrive completely configured for seniors’ use. This includes pre-loading their photos and contacts.
- Wireless charging. Acer found that seniors may have difficulty with plugs for various reasons. There’s no micro USB cable to plug in, or otherwise. Simply place the grandPad in its dock.
- 4G LTE connectivity. Most seniors don’t have access to the Internet in their homes, according to Acer. As a result, Wi-Fi connectivity – although the grandPad does support it – isn’t something that could be relied upon to provide seniors with connectivity.
Transporting Seniors with Uber
Acer has partnered with Uber in the U.S. to provide pickup and drop-off services for seniors. Transportation outside the home becomes even more complex for those seniors suffering from dementia. If you purchase a grandPad for a senior, you’ll have the opportunity to define the locations they’re allowed to travel, such as relative’s houses, the grocery store, and so on. They won’t be able to go anywhere but these destinations using the grandPad. A picture of the driver and the car they’re in is sent automatically, so they know what to look for. Furthermore, you can have notifications sent to family members that the senior is being transported – that includes when and where they get into the car and when and where they are dropped off.
What’s it Worth?
The grandPad is a subscription-based service priced at $60 per month in the U.S. This includes a 4G subscription. There is no charge for the tablet itself, though the tablet remains property of Acer. It must be returned if the service is discontinued.
Acer’s grandPad pricing appears more than reasonable, especially in light of the fact Internet access alone is generally going to cost more than $60 per month.
Technology made specifically for seniors is not a new concept. However, the Acer grandPad is perhaps the most forward-thinking solution we’ve seen to provide seniors with modern communications. It’s a combination of hardware, software, and services that make this possible. The ease of use tablet, simple software, pre-loaded data, 4G wireless, and integration with Uber means it could be a one stop shop for providing seniors with a way to make their lives, and the lives of their loved ones and caregivers, easier.
We look forward to seeing how well the Acer grandPad is adopted.