We usually feature crowdfunding projects from Kickstarters that benefit us with our iPhones or iPads, but here’s one locally started crowdfunding project which deserves our support – Silverline:Smartphones for Seniors.
Silverline is a new project that creates apps specifically designed for seniors. We have spent the last 18 months working with underserved seniors, providing them with donated second-hand smartphones and building apps to address their needs. It’s been amazing to see how this new technology has improved the quality of their lives. But we’re just scratching the surface. Now we want to bring this concept to all seniors – to our parents and grandparents – so they too can benefit from the smartphone revolution.
Currently they have a few apps that enables senior citizens to make better use of a smartphone – Discover helps users to snap pictures of where they are or interesting things they see and documents them in a time orientated photo album, Well Being provides reminders to take medicine, exercise and also helps monitor their moods and tips to keeping healthy, Inspire syncs human interest stories and headlines in text, picture and videos, keeping users updated of current events and raise spirits, Connect gives easy access to family and friends with user-friendly interface and Emergency enables easy access to emergency services and if a fall is detected or the phone remains idle after a period of time, a message is sent out and if it remains unverified, a message will be sent to caregiver’s phone notifying them of the situation. The funds they receive will be used to improve the apps and develop more for senior citizens to use.
Funding options start from US$5 and from now till April 14, there will be a dollar-to-dollar matching by one of their supports. There is also an option to fund a refurbished iPhone 3GS with a year-long voice and data plan plus all Silverline apps which will be given to one under-served senior for just US$79. Currently, they just pipped 50% of their funding target of US%50,000 and with ten days left, every dollar receive will help in them developing their apps and contributing back to the society.