IBM to Research Mobile Access For The Aged And Illiterate

IBM is teaming up with educational institutions in India and Japan to create an open mobile user interface (UI) which will be common across all devices and will be much more user friendly. This UI will target the illiterate and the aged people who are not so tech savvy as the youth.

The Indian institution participating in this program is the National Institute of Design (NID), the Japanese one being Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST).

Nitendra Rajput, Open Collaborative Research lead at IBM Research India commented on this matter saying,

The findings of the research and any applications or technology developed will be released to the open-source community.

Working with the open-source community will help speed up the adoption of the technologies, and attract developers to build applications for the target populations.

Researchers have determined that it is easier for the aged people to use the Internet through a cellphone than through a computer. India and Japan have been chosen as the research grounds for this because Japan has the largest aging population while India has the largest illiterate population.This research is being facilitated through the IRL (Indian Research Labs).

The company is focusing on accelerometer as being a primary input source owing to it’s ease of use. This research once completed will be used to implement the results to a wider scenario including many other countries.
[ Via: networkworld ]

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