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The Apple Watch is not suitable for every target group of smartwatches. The many functions for communication, fitness, leisure and everyday life can, for example, appear overloaded and cumbersome for seniors. Simple operation on a large display with not too cluttered screen displays is therefore important for a smartwatch for seniors. In addition, calls, SMS acceptance and emergency calls should be easy to implement. GPS location via app is also a good idea for children and grandchildren, especially in the case of dementia. Further information and product suggestions can be found below.
If a smartwatch, especially one for seniors, is supposed to have a supportive and protective effect in everyday life, then a model with a SIM card is probably the most sensible solution. Children and grandchildren can be contacted, received calls and made emergency calls from anywhere by mobile phone. In addition, other functions such as alarm clock, pedometer and a contact overview are of course also very practical. The only important thing is that the watch's operating system is clear enough so that the wearer can actually take advantage of the device and not get bogged down in it.
As already mentioned at the beginning, real-time location via GPS can be important for children and grandchildren in many cases. With the corresponding app on the iPhone or Android smartphone, they can go on a search if the seniors are lost, boarded the wrong train or wandering around due to dementia. In addition, a medication reminder should be available in the senior smartwatch system, with which the wearer is reminded of the medication to be taken during the day. A watch that combines all the important functions is, for example, the XPLORA Care Seniors Smartwatch. It also offers interchangeable wristbands and a photo album.
In addition to all the features, functions, options and the built-in hardware with the installed system, the display is of course particularly important. It shouldn't just be large so that the content displayed is clearly visible. It also has to have good contrast and react safely to touch. Only a large and clear display can show unambiguous information - from the time to the medication reminder to the display of the caller's name and picture. In addition, everything is worthless if the call acceptance or the navigation in the system does not work because touches are not registered.
A disadvantage of the highly competitive smartwatch market and the special target groups such as seniors or children is that some manufacturers do not pay attention to the safety of their products. In the linked product description for the XPLORA watch you will find the information that it does not offer any eavesdropping function. Unlike watches from other manufacturers, from which heise online berichtet and which can be turned into a bug with a simple query via the web - without the owner noticing. Which manufacturers and models are still rather uncertain can usually be found out easily via Google query, as some experts have already tackled the topic.
A smartwatch for seniors is not primarily about the latest technology, fitness functions and the ability to access web content or use Apple Pay. It's about safety, ease of use and the ability for children and grandchildren to think a little more calmly about the older members of the family. Establishing contact is also easier and an emergency can theoretically be resolved faster and easier. If you can contribute your own experiences, tips and hints on the topic, please leave a comment! I look forward to your insights :)
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.