Social Interaction Screen. Making Social Networking Services Accessible for Elderly People

Martin Burkhard and Michael Koch
  • 1 Universität der Bundeswehr München
  • 2 Universität der Bundeswehr München, Fakultät für Informatik, Neubiberg, Deutschland


Social Networking Services could strengthen social ties between elderly people and families and friends. Due to the implications of aging and technical barriers existing user interfaces prove to be too complex and therefore not appropriate for most of the elderly. The goal of this paper is to present a holistic solution to enhance accessibility to Social Networks for elderly people. The solution combines an adapted (tablet) hardware, an adapted graphical user interface, and an adapted middleware for accessing the Social Networks.

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i-com - Journal of Interactive Media is devoted to human-computer interaction, media design, usability, engineering and systems evaluation, software ergonomics, cooperative systems, e-learning, mobile and ubiquitous systems, user-adaptive systems, agent development tools and methods for media in different application fields, barrier-free systems design, and the social aspects of information and communication technologies.