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To each his own: ‘Piece of Family’ connects elderly with family members, respecting their individual needs.

Piece of Family is communication tool designed for elderly, to connect online with their family. It's a book and a scanner, designed for Vodafone NL. Elderly can write their stories, collect their pictures or notes. With 1 button, it's scanned and send to the family weblog. The elderly can watch the blog on television.

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Participating in the digital world of communication is difficult for elderly people. Even more difficult is seeing their younger family members communicating with each other, without being able to join them. ‘Piece of Family’ is a tool for elderly people to communicate with their younger family members through a weblog without using a computer. ‘Piece of Family’ aims to bridge the contact gap between elderly, their ‘online’ children and grandchildren by letting them communicate in their own way, using their own interface, in their own time and speed. It enables contact between elderly and their family members that accommodates its asymmetries: the way they like to communicate differs. 

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Christa, thank you for sharing this. It is wonderful to see the "test oma" using technology that is appropriate for her. She is competent and excited to show what she can do! I can see that this would empower older people and help them feel more connected. What an inspiring way to reduce the digital divide. Will there be an international application? Is it used in other EU countries?