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For Seniors Who Missed The Boat: The GO Computer

If you know a senior who thought they could get along fine without a computer 10 years ago, but who now wishes he had learned how to use one 10 years ago... It's not too late.  In fact, the Designed for Seniors Go Computer is easier to use than computers designed 20 years ago!

EDITOR'S UPDATE: The Go Computer is no longer available. Another computer designed with seniors in mind that gets good reviews on Amazon is here.

firstSTREET®, the national catalog and online store for "boomers and beyond," will debut its new Go Computer at this summer’s Boomer Venture Summit, June 16-17 in Silicon Valley.

 

 

 

The Go Computer has a 19-inch screen with vision aids like zooming and various contrast settings, and huge type on the keyboard for the hunt-and-peck typist.  Take a look at the keyboard comparison!

 

 

Habitual (it feels that way, doesn't it?) computer users don't think about how many times to click the mouse, or which side to click, or which way to move the mouse on the mouse-pad....  We just do it. 

But these movements are confusing to those not used to them, and perhaps, if their use is limited, these movements may never become second nature.  So the Go Computer uses a trackball, one much larger than a typical mouse and one that requires only a relaxed hand upon it -- best for those with limited mobility in their hands and fingers.

The clicker on the trackball can be set for right or left hand, or both clickers can be use; they do the same moves!

 

 

 The Touch & Go Menu is very intuitive and when you think about it, you may wonder why all computer menus aren't set up in a similar fashion.  When you hit the GO button in the middle of the screen, the pull down list appears; point and click and you're where you want to be. Everything you'd like to know or do is set up on there and on the menu screen.

 

 

Email is very manageable on the Senior Go Computer.  Click 'Email' on the pull down menu and this screen will pop up, providing your inbox as well as other options you have for reading and sending.

 

 

If you want to read the message, here is the menu that pops up, providing the message and all the options you have to respond to it on easy to find "buttons."

 

 

The  Web option on the pull down tab operates similarly, opening to a menu of choices from Favorites, where one needs only to click on one of a list of websites you have chosen, or enter an address, or do a search on a topic of your choice.  The hardest thing one may need to do is enter a URL starting with "www." (But even that can be avoided by doing a search and clicking on the desired url.)

 

 

My Dad had difficulty with all the things he had to learn on a Microsoft-supported PC, and eventually he gave up because his use wasn't regular enough to support what he'd learned -- the old 'use it or lose it' in action.  There may be a bit of that loss on the Senior Go Computer, but probably not nearly as much, because there is less to learn and because the learning is so intuitive.  

Keeping you posted....

EDITOR'S UPDATE: The Go Computer is no longer available. Another computer designed with seniors in mind that gets good reviews on Amazon is here.