DukaPC, a new Danish IT company, has designed a computer aimed at getting the elderly online.
According to Erik Hougaard, general manager of dukaPC, the new computer has been designed for people who are not used to using computers but want to learn.
“Of course, it can also be used by people who use computers already, but find it complicated and don’t want to depend on technical help from friends and neighbours,” he said.
Some 44 percent of people aged 65-89 have never used a computer, and 53 percent of this group have never used the internet, according to Statistics Denmark.
In addition, over 500,000 people over 60 do not have access to computers at home.
DukaPC said it hoped to close this digital age-gap its new computer.
Users will not need to deal with technical matters such as security updates, installations, and internet connectivity. DukaPC said that it would handling all updates related to the computer, and that employees would be able to remotely control it in order to fix any problems.
“This is the first plug-and-play computer I’ve seen. You don’t need to have broadband and you don’t need to deal with all the technical things in order to get start.
The mobile modem is installed, so all you have to do is plug it in, and then it just works,” said Søren Høyer, marketing consultant for DaneAge, an advocacy association for the elderly.