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Not just for kids

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:38 pm
by jachaney
Over the years, I have been providing computer support for my mother. We have used a few desktop units and have been through a few learning curves. My mom is now at a retirement facility and at 98 is still going strong and is sharp as a tack (I know I am very blessed about this). In the latest upgrade cycle, I thought it would be fun to do a small experiment first and test her out with a Raspberry Pi 3B. Since most of the work she does is web surfing (YouTube and Ted Talks), email, and document writing, I thought it would be interesting to see if the Pi could handle her workload.

I shouldn't be surprised, but not only is it capable of her needs, she is so happy with it, she has been a walking advertisement at the retirement home. I think this is a market with extremely high potential. The price tag for a startup kit (Pi, cables, keyboard/mouse, and flat panel monitor) is at least half that of a low end laptop, and the convenience and ease of support make it ideal for a community of elders. There are other, social, advantages that can be realized as well. Training classes are already established for the younger crowd, but will also work well for seniors. It can also be fun to have younger people (middle school) work with the seniors on projects of interest. This is the pebble in a pond approach. When younger people and seniors are brought together to work on a task, very often the details of the task become a smaller and smaller part of what is discussed.

Aside from that, if a retirement community is thought of as a classroom, then all the "solutions" that are done with one, can be used by the other. Networking is easier, server management and central data store is super simple. Scaling up is rarely necessary, because everything is distributed already to the individuals. I wish I had time to increase the scope of my experiment, but I just wanted to let the community know about my experience, and to let you know my pleasure with the whole Raspberry Pi initiative.

Cheers,
Jack

Re: Not just for kids

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:10 pm
by W. H. Heydt
That's sweet. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Not just for kids

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:27 pm
by Z80 Refugee
Great idea.

Re: Not just for kids

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:33 pm
by eupton
Jack
Thanks for sharing this: truly inspiring. We often use seniors as our hypothetical target market when talking about certain classes of usability features, and particularly things that bring us closer to a "regular" PC experience. It's great that you've had success in this area, and hopefully some of the features we're rolling out over the next couple of years will improve things further.

Thanks again, and please do give our regards to your mother.

Eben

Re: Not just for kids

Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:43 am
by rpdom
Vaseem Momin wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:44 am
However, I do have a computer at home but I want to test Raspberry Pi too such as how it works and does it cause any problem. After reading experience from users on this forum, I got to know that I can use it for basic tasks such as MS Office, Paint, Browsing, etc
You won't be able to use MS Office or MS Paint on a Pi, but you will be able to use Libre Office which does the same as MS Office and can save files in the same format if required. For Paint there are products like GIMP available, which is fully featured, or some lighter programs.

Re: Not just for kids

Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:46 pm
by hippy
rpdom wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:43 am
Vaseem Momin wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:44 am
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I'm guessing; another victim of a disappearing necro post :D

Re: Not just for kids

Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:10 pm
by rpdom
hippy wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:46 pm
rpdom wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:43 am
Vaseem Momin wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:44 am
...
I'm guessing; another victim of a disappearing necro post :D
Looks like. Leaves me dangling :(