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An App to Guide Seniors on the Internet

An App to Guide Seniors on the Internet

April 26, 2016

Robotics & High-Tech

Two students from BGU’s Department of Information Systems Engineering took home first prize in a recent competition focused on developing quality-of-life-improving products for the elderly and disabled.

Dor Matzafi and Boris Elishiv, both in their final year of undergraduate studies, won first place for their app that helps seniors navigate the internet. Web and computer competency could greatly benefit seniors, but many feel it comes with too large a learning curve and are reluctant to use computers.

Dr. Meirav Taieb-Maimon, also of the Department of Information Systems Engineering, served as advisor to the winning students.

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From left to right: Boris Elishiv, Dor Matzafi, Milbat CEO Mr. Nachman Plotnizky and Dr. Meirav Taieb-Maimon

The app allows senior citizens to use their computer in the comfort of their own home, and to receive support in real time. The app automatically activates instructions when necessary using audible and visual cues or feedback. The screen shows exactly what the user needs to click on, or where to insert text.

In addition, the app includes a variety of guides in selected practical topics including using e-mail, searching on Google, using YouTube, making a doctor’s appointment, checking bank account information, and even using a senior-centric dating site.

The competition was sponsored by Milbat, an Israeli nonprofit working to increase the level of independence, quality of life, and community integration for the disabled and the elderly by creating an accessible technological environment.