Sunday, June 24, 2012

App makes iPad simpler for seniors

I have a pile of items that I want to write about here on Technophile, but since my first obligation is to writing things that will pay my bills, I have to resort to sneaky Sunday evening blogging sessions.

Couldn't resist this quick follow-up to the last post about tech-savvy seniors, since it involves an iPad application called Family Ribbon that was developed specifically for the 65-and-older demographic.

The idea behind Family Ribbon is that it offers an interface that helps people manage different applications, including Family Facebook, Picasa and Flickr albums, and the Skype video-calling features. There's a remote administration feature so that family members can help manage the application and the user's accounts. And, when was the last time you downloaded an app that came with a printed use guide? Well Family Ribbon comes with one that can be printed out.

"Our initial goal was to make connecting online as easy as possible for our parents -- and ourselves," said Family Ribbon CEO Ivan Osadchiy, in a statement. "Then we came across research that suggested that social connections and brain stimulation from going online are great for our parents' health."

You can buy Family Ribbon for $4.99 until July 1; after that, the regular price goes up to $9.99. You can evaluate a demonstration version for free called Family Ribbon Light.