The technological devices or devices easier to use or considered suitable for the elderly have an important place in today's electronic classroom IFA Berlin. This is, among other things, of telephones phones with larger keys, robotic vacuum cleaners that do not back pain, as well as the latest developments in hearing aids.
Beate Munkelt, a dentist from Münster who came with her husband Andreas, explains that it is very difficult to find a cell phone not overloaded with options you do not need. "Very practical, stylish and easy to use", explains enthusiastically to the stand of one of the firms in Berlin. Meanwhile, Barbara Müller, a 70-year exenfermera came just to "see what's new" in the subject.
According to Eurostat, in Europe, Germany has the largest number of people over 65 years. "This is an important market and growing", says Markus Schmitt-Fumian, VP Gigaset, a German company specializing in mobile fixed.
Avoid devices that look like devices "doctors", he stressed, adding: "The design is very important because those who configure phones are not the seventies, but a daughter or a son", he adds. Users not necessarily all elderly, but there are also younger people who prefer using appliances easier or tougher, Schmitt-Fumian estimated. Nevertheless, the lounge hosts a daily tour of two hours for the elderly because the "demand has increased", says Dirk Koslowski, project manager of IFA, which this year opened to the public on August 31, after two days of presentation to the press. During one of these visits, Gigaset has a machine that hangs from the neck with emergency numbers and registered the company plans to launch next year.
Addition, "old people like sailing, golfing and yard work", says Eveline Pupeter-Fellner, CEO of Emporia, an Austrian company specializing in cell phones for seniors. Thus shows a phone with a reinforced structure that can also be used in water. Other devices have an emergency call button, an integrated lamp or a user's geolocation feature.
Katlun Thomas, charged in Germany for public relations of the U.S. company iRobot, believes the market for "assistance robots" to people will develop significantly. "There are type C-3PO (a robot from" Star Wars ") that opens cans or something, but will help to communicate", says. "It sounds like science fiction, but not too far from us", he says.