Depending on what part of the world you live in, the elderly or seniors living alone can be an uncommon phenomenon or a growing problem. If you live in a place where the latter is becoming more common, you may also see several products that are now trying to solve the problem of alienation and loneliness created by single older people. There are of course the usual gadgets such as smartphones and tablets, but there may be some limitations for the elderly.
Designer: YoungEun Ahn
The Puppimily is a touchscreen speaker that uses artificial intelligence to help people who have visual and hearing problems due to their age. But it is more important to help the elderly cope with the psychological problems of living alone by connecting them with loved ones through the device. The design of the speaker is that of a puppy as both the word and the animal itself evoke a certain comfort and warmth with the name itself a mix of puppy and family.
The main colors of the device are black and white with the colors appearing on the screen and representing the different interactions that the user can have. There is also a character that can help express the different emotions of the user. LED lights and the ear movements of the speakers can be used to indicate certain emotions or indicators, such as yellow for notifications, blue to indicate that they are listening, etc. The monitor can be rotated 360 degrees from left to right and 60 degrees from top to bottom.
The icons on the display are intuitive and easy to understand and there are no more than five icons at a time to avoid confusion. There are also very few buttons to make it more user-friendly for the elderly. There are only three in the body: up, down and the power button. The device uses intuitive visuals, text using speech recognition, voice recording and other AI-powered features that help reduce the burden of too many screens. But when you need to make video calls, you can do it on a wide screen with other intuitive elements added.
I don’t know if we really need another gadget to add to the million on the market, but this concept does have a different market in mind. The small screen based on the renders can be a deterrent to using the elderly as they prefer a bigger screen so if it becomes a real product they can improve on it.