In an increasingly digital environment, it can be difficult for the elderly and disabled to keep in touch with family and friends, and it can leave these people feeling isolated. One of the primary factors which limit the adoption of email by the less technology savvy users is the complexity of modern email applications. These programs are all designed to accommodate the needs of every possible usage, and therefore add many features which unnecessarily complicate the basic usage.
The Email Is For Everyone (EIFE) application presents an email interface designed only with the most basic usage in mind. It will be designed with the XO laptop as the target system to allow users to operate on a simple preconfigured low-budget system. It allows users to compose messages by selecting from predefined template messages, avoiding need for a keyboard, or by typing a custom message to be sent. EIFE users are safeguarded by a Guardian Angel - a trusted friend or family member - who will approve any new contacts before messages are allowed through. This avoids many of the risks of email use while keeping the rewards intact.
About the team
The EIFE Team: Crystal, Jeff and Torben
Photo credit: Scott Miller
Jeff is a fourth-year Software Engineering student at the University of Victoria.
Crystal Gold Hansen
Crystal is a fourth-year Software Engineering student at the University of Victoria.
Torben is a fourth-year Software Engineering student at the University of Victoria.