What were once seeds planted in the minds of ingenious developers have sprouted into path-paving and cutting-edge technologies defining the 21st century. As voice assistants, Bluetooth-enabled devices, and AI-powered innovations swarm citizens of the 2020s, today’s techies have no other choice but to speculate about the digital marvels awaiting future generations.
Though state-of-the-art innovations, such as wifi and artificial intelligence, have taken up residence in our back pockets and appear in virtually every suburban home, usability concerns remain.
If these technological obstacle courses, such as complex UX design and virtually microscopic buttons, have strained your cognitive muscles, take a look at these user-friendly technologies gracing the market. From smartphones to vacuums, these eight tech devices with high usability will help you navigate the whirlwind Digital Age.
Lively cell phones for seniors
Lively Direct cell phones, made explicitly for seniors with large screens and text, make navigating smartphones incredibly simple. Unlike standard smartphones, which have multiple menu screens with tiny, ill-represented icons, the Lively Flip phone has a single menu screen with well-labeled options in the large text so that you can’t mistake one for another.
Flipper universal TV remote
Find the channels you want to watch and navigate the TV with ease with the Flipper universal TV remote. With the high visibility, bright-colored buttons, you can flip from channel to channel without straining your eyes to type in numbers.
You can also customize the remote to remember your favorite channels. Plus, the remote is compatible with all TV models, so you don’t have to worry about synching issues.
Similar to how Lively cell phones transform standard smartphones into senior-friendly cellular devices, the GrandPad does the same for tablets.
The tablet comes with a built-in LTE connection to keep you connected no matter where you take the device. As a bonus, GrandPad tablets tout high-resolution capabilities, perfect for video-chatting with friends and family.
Empathetic digital companions for daily reminders and company
While the name is deceivingly high-tech, this robotic device is effortless to use and helps people during their daily routines.
All you need to do to use the device is sync it to your phone and plug it into an outlet. From there, you can tell it what you need, whether that’s some friendly conversation, music, medication reminders, or new items added to your shopping list.
VitalBand to monitor health
Maintaining or monitoring a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be as complicated as it may seem, especially not with the VitalBand health monitoring wristwatch.
The VitalBand uses technology to track your heart rate, steps taken, and other physical activity. Plus, the wristwatch has a large screen and text for clear readability.
Roomba robot vacuum cleaner
Cleaning the house doesn’t have to involve intensive labor and time, at least not with the iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner.
The device makes cleaning the house hands-free, effortless, and efficient. You don’t even have to empty the machine when it gets full. Instead, the vacuum senses its capacity and empties all garbage into its compatible trash bin.
The Wow Computer for seniors
The WOW computer brings simplicity back to navigating the internet and web functions. Check your email, search the web, and read the news with the click of a button. The pre-set menu remains static on the computer’s screen with large, legible buttons for easy navigation.
If you stumble onto a webpage with minuscule text, you can use the page magnifier option to zoom in until you’re comfortable.
Tile tabs to track household items
Whether you often misplace your keys, wallet, or purse, the Tile tech device can find them all for you, so you don’t have to. The thin device can fit into your wallet without bulging. You can also hook the Tile tabs onto your keyring like a keychain.
In addition, this technology syncs with your smartphone. That way, you can use your phone to locate your lost items or use the Tile itself to locate your missing phone.
Finding a new tech device or keeping up with the latest digital trends doesn’t mean you have to learn an entirely new language to use it. Instead, you can find a current and high-tech device with equally high usability, whether it’s a phone, tablet, watch, or vacuum.