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Tablets for Seniors – An Evaluation of a Current Model (iPad)

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Internet usage in Austria varies between age groups in a way that only about 30% of older users above 60 have access to Internet services compared to nearly 100% in the age group between 14 and 30. This digital divide exists because of technical, social and economical barriers that affect especially older users. Weather or not current tablets have the potential to minimize these barriers was the central question behind the usability study described in this paper. The study undertaken involved 11 seniors (60+) and targeted to evaluate the general usability and acceptance of a selected tablet. The results of the study show high acceptance and satisfaction rates among the user group and hence suggest a future focus on the development of tablet based applications for seniors as well as initiatives to conquer the information demand of the target group.


  • tablet
  • digital divide
  • older people
  • e-inclusion
  • iPad usability

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Werner, F., Werner, K., Oberzaucher, J. (2012). Tablets for Seniors – An Evaluation of a Current Model (iPad). In: Wichert, R., Eberhardt, B. (eds) Ambient Assisted Living. Advanced Technologies and Societal Change. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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