The digital world is not designed and built for our grandparents. Many of them are struggling to keep up, so as to keep us in touch. Things are not easy for them.
Mago is a tangible "App store" designed for the non tech-savvy. Utilizing a Pixy camera (CMUcam5), a Intel Edison board, and a thermal printer, Mago allows users to receive real time information, connect with family - performing a wide range of actions they were not able to digitally.
Date: Jan 16 - 18, 2015
Location: University of Pennsylvania, PA
Duration: 36 hours
The total number of projects submitted to PennApps 2015 Hackathon
- Check today's weather in the morning
- Print a map for the place to go
- Interact with children through Facebook
- Print a list of favorite contacts
- Send emergency SMS to predefined contacts
- Send text message to others
- Take a selfie and post on Instagram
- Print out reminders for today
- Scan a medicine and print out its name
- Track medicine use for today
- Buy products on Amazon
- Order pizza for visiting grandchildren
- Print out the amount of exercise done today
- Check her own stock prices
- Get latest updates and news for her neighborhood
- Listen to radio
- Print a random recipe for lunch
- Take a photo and have questions answered online
... it's about designer's willingness and enthusiam for working within constraints. Constraints of price, of size, of strength, of balance, of surface, of time and so forth. - Charles Eames
Mago supports 6 unique applications that bring great convenience to elderly's daily life.
The colored cards require no previous training - one simple wave at the camera would do the trick.
We are also considering making the system self-sustainable: why not print out information that could be scanned later?