In recent years there have been great advances in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). There are more powerful microprocessors, much larger and faster FLASH memories, much larger and faster RAM memories, 3G mobile internet connectivity, larger and brighter flat screens, touch screens and many other advances. At the same time prices have dropped substantially.
But the currently available solutions that employee these technologies (e.g. personal computers, printers, video conferencing systems, mobile telephones, and other solutions for accessing the World-wide-web) do not satisfy the needs of, or are too complex to use for, a large number of people.
It may be that these people have not grown up using these technical solutions, or that they have fears and apprehensions about using them, or that they find difficulties in using them due to problems with eyesight, motor control, agility, cognition or reduced short-term memory.
This has led to these people not participating in the so-called "Information Society" and they do not take advantages of these Information and Communication Technologies to connect with other people and the abundant information available on the Internet.
This is especially important in older people whose personal environment is changing due to retirement, relocation of their children, illness, or the loss of spouses or friends and relations. These people are increasingly isolated and unconnected.
To facilitate their access to information and other people, using the ICT technologies available, we took the initiative to start a non-profit association with the goal of making noticable improvements for these people.