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Kyocera Mi-Look Cell Phone for the Elderly

Posted on July 25, 2011

Being based in a country where 20% of the population is 65 years old and above, Kyocera unveils a cell specifically designed for the Japanese elderly. The Kyocera Mi-Look is three devices rolled into one. It works as a basic cell phone with a 2-inch QVGA display and three large button, a pedometer that tracks the number of steps taken (the data is then sent to the caretaker via e-mail), and a GPS that family members can use to monitor their aging relative’s current location (just in case they forgot their way home).

The Kyocera Mi-Look also has a built-in sensor placed on the device’s cradle, which then counts the number of times the user passes by the cradle as the phone is being charged. This data is also being sent via e-mail, for what purpose I do not know.

The phone, which targets customers over 70 years of age, even has a clever alarm function in the form of a strap attached to the device. In case of an emergency, users just pull the strap to trigger an alarm, which then e-mails the caretaker to take action. It even has an early earthquake warning function and dedicated keys to certain emergency phone numbers, such as the police.

The Mi-Look will go retail in Japan beginning September for around $225, exclusive to mobile carrier KDDI au.

Source: Diginfo News, via TechCrunch



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