Smartphone Makers See New Market in Older People

March 6, 2013

This article is from Gail Johnson.


Fujitsu devoted a good chunk of its booth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to an Android phone called the Stylistic, aimed at what the Japanese phone maker politely calls “the mature consumer.”

With its large type, big buttons and touch feedback, Fujitsu is essentially going after seniors. And the company is not alone.

Kyocera was showing its own device, the Mi-Look. Available in Japan, the basic cellphone is designed for senior citizens living alone, and includes a number of monitoring features for family members.

Kyocera Mi-Look

Kyocera Mi-Look

Kyocera’s phone features a strap at the end of the device that can be pulled in case of an emergency. When activated, the phone makes a loud sound, and an email is sent to an emergency contact with the user’s location, using the phone’s GPS.

The Mi-Look also comes with a docking station that has a motion sensor. If the sensors don’t pick up any movement over an extended period of time, the dock will send an email notification to a contact person.

These are not yet available in the US. Soon, we hope.

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Low Vision and Blindness Technology Open House in Raleigh

March 6, 2013

Indigo Logix and Humanware will be having an open house featuring Low Vision and Blindness related technology

Indigo Logix


at the NC Assistive Technology Program offices in Raleigh (4900 Waters Edge Drive, Ste 250, Raleigh) on March 21st from 9AM –
12PM.  Jack Mitchell from Indigo Logix and David Waggener from Humanware will do a brief presentation at the beginning of the open house.

After the presentation, attendees will have time to try out a variety of devices including the SmartView line of Video Magnifiers, the BrailleNote braille notetakers and Brailliant braille displays, the Trekker Breeze GPS, and the brand new version of the Victor Reader Stream among other products.  We will also have the IBIS high definition video magnifier from Tagarno and ABI See’s Eye Pal line of optical character recognition technology (products that can read printed materials aloud to you.)

Come out to get first hand experience with a variety of technology that can help you to be more independent!  If you have any questions about the products that will be shown, please write to Jack Mitchell ( or call 919-260-8580.  If you have logistical questions about the open house itself, please call the center at 919-233-7075.

While there is no charge for the open house, space is limited and registration is required.  Please register on our website here:

 You can get directions to the center here: or call 919-233-7075

 Jack Mitchell

Vision Technology Specialist

Indigo Logix, LLC

 Local Office:

109 E Maynard Ave

Durham, NC 27704