If you want a simple interface for a senior but don’t want to buy a dedicated computer for it, consider a subscription to a web-based system.
Toronto’s Jonathan Seliger’s company offers a web-based subscription solution for easy senior browsing. For about $150 per year, InTouchLink offers a simple interface designed to be used through the Firefox browser (http://www.mozilla.org) on any computer or tablet including Macs and iPads. It offers only large eight buttons including one for email, photos, and the web. InTouchLink stores the email and photos on its own server so that users can’t accidentally delete them. InTouchLink also sells licenses for multiple users in retirement communities.
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Distracted driving isn’t the only problem brought by telematics. All those automobile computers communicating wirelessly with outside world can be hacked! This is the story about how researcher at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Washington infected a car with a Trojan horse virus embedded in a song on a CD.
Is mobile internet access enough reason to buy a car? Maybe. The 2011 Subaru Outback comes with the option to integrate a subscription for Autonet Mobile, which creates a WiFi hotspot inside the car. After a $35 activation fee, the $499 Subaru Mobile Internet system connects to 3G internet on the go for a subscription fee of $29 or $59 per month, depending on data plan. Subaru also offers in-dash TomTom navigation and a USB port for piping input from audio devices such as iPods through the car sound system.
Turns out, you don’t need to buy a particular car to get internet access on the road. Autonet offers routers that pull 3G signals from mobile phone towers to create an in-car WiFi zone. These routers list at about $600 and require a monthly data plan: $29 for 1 GB or $59 for 5 GB.
In 2007, Ford became the leader in telematics with the introduction of its Sync system. Sync uses a Microsoft platform to allow drivers to use voice commands to get directions, listen to music, and operate their Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. The system features a media hub with USB ports, A/V Input Jacks, and an SD card reader.
Users can connect their web-enabled smart phones to Sync via the USB port to turn the console into a wi-fi hotspot.
In 2010, Ford introduced an enhancement called MyFord Touch (or MyLincoln Touch or MyMercury Touch, depending on brand.) This lets drivers input commands via a touch screen in addition to buttons and voice. For subscribers to SIRIUS Travel Link, the screen displays not only directions but traffic information, gas prices, and even movie listings. It will also deliver vehicle health reports with diagnostics and scheduled maintenance information. If you are in a serious accident and the airbags deploy, the system will call 911 to summon help.
Some models also offer Active Park Assist and Rear View Camera displays to take the guesswork out of parallel parking.