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Rosy outlook for gadgets for elderly (13 Jan 2006)
Most mobiles, for instance, now have far more processing power than early home computers.

So while they can do far more than just make calls, the controls may baffle a vast swathe of the population.

"Older people are always trying to figure out something that is invented for young people and they are always going to have trouble," said Gregg Vanderheiden, professor of industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

"'What we're finding is that the things that are easy to use are disappearing off the market," he added, citing an anecdote of an older couple who could not find a microware they could work.

"With older people, you have to start from where they are, make things easy to use. Then expose them to these and you will see a far larger uptake."
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