The Nintendo Wii generated headlines when it was launched because it was innovative and easy to use. Gaming on the Wii was so simple–anyone could use it. The iPad is the equivalent when it comes to computing. There’s no file system to deal with and no maintenance issues at all. It’s the perfect device for people who are new to technology.
It would be fitting that a 100 year old lady named Virginia picked up an iPad to use as her first computer–ever. It’s hard to embrace technology when you’ve never used it before. However, when it comes to the iPad, Virginia was able to learn quickly how to use it.
JustAnotheriPadBlog has some info from one of Virginia’s daughters:
Virginia bought it on the first day it was released. Her middle daughter and son-in-law picked it up and gave it to her on Easter. She loves to write limericks and has written hundreds on them. Virginia could no longer read large print books so the iPad works perfectly. She does not have internet connection and only uses the iPad for reading and writing, but that is all she wanted to do. The large type and in particular the bright screen are especially important for someone with Glaucoma. She hopes older people will embrace this new technology. Virginia had never used a computer until she got her iPad. It took her very little time to catch on to how it works. She is very quick and clever. The iPad is hers not shared with the rest of the family. She is the envy of her friends in her retirement home, and loves to show them how it works.
Congratulations to Virgina on all her iPad success! I wonder how many more iPad stories are out there like this. Once the iPad arrives in Canada on May 29th, you can bet more segments of the population will be snapping up iPads.
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