Finally A Company Builds A Computer Tailored For Beginners
For the younger generations raised with a mouse in their hands, computer concepts such as windows, file extensions, desktops, drop-down menus, right-click options, minimizing, maximizing, tasks bars, you name it, come second nature— they’re almost as engrained into their brains as the English language itself. But what if you don’t speak the language?
Rarely do software engineers and computer manufacturers stop and think how confusing their systems may be for many seniors and computer novices who may have had little to no exposure to their products. However, the makers of the Telikin all-in-one touchscreen computer have designed a computer with such a consumer in mind.
“The concept for Telikin was born out of a very simple idea—that everyone in the family should be able to stay connected through the computer, says Fred, Allegrezza CEO of Telikin computers. “Families today are so spread out. People move across the country to take a job and children go away to college. Everyone can’t just gather for Sunday night dinner at grandma and grandpa’s house. This doesn’t mean, however, that we shouldn’t be able to see the face and hear the voice of our loved ones.”
Allegrezza said he originally designed the computer as a project for his mother who suffered a stroke in an effort to keep her connected and active despite her decreased vision and mobility.
“She needed a way that she could simply touch what she saw to get what she wanted,” he added. “As an engineer, I knew there had to be an easier way.”
Telikin touch-screen computers are built on a locked-down virus-resistant operating system and display text in an extra-large format, thus removing the headache associated with reading emails and surfing the Web on a traditional PC or Mac. The computer is equipped with large navigation buttons that stay locked on the screen so the user never has to question how to navigate through other software and features.
But, perhaps Telikin’s best feature is its 100 percent US-based support team. The company’s staff stands ready to assist Telikin users with not only questions not about their computer, but also with general issues such as using Facebook, storing documents, setting up email, using the word processor or any other problem the user may have.
Allegrezza’s wife Nancy worked as a registered nurse for more than 30 years, and seeing the potential health benefits to seniors, joined the company in 2009 to help market Telikin and is currently the company’s director of sales.
“People who stay connected are less isolated,” she said. “They are able to communicate with email, by sharing photos, by having face-to-face video chats. They can stay connected to the world through news events and they can research topics of interest. They can also play brain fitness games and anytime you learn a new skill, it promotes cognitive stimulation.”
A recent Pew Research study indicates that roughly 40 percent of seniors aged 65 and older still do not access the internet. Of those whom the study surveyed, two of the major reasons cited for aversion to new technologies among the elderly were physical challenges to using new digital devices and the need of assistance in learning how to use high-tech products and digital services. With the computer’s easy-to-use design, backed by its support team, Telikin seems to provide a system with such considerations in mind.
“Three touches and a grandmother in Illinois can see photos of her grandchildren in Ohio,” Fred Allegrezza said. “Three touches and a parent can video chat with her child in college. With Telikin, families are now all just three touches away from staying connected.”
Telikin backs their computers with a full one-year warranty, free shipping, and 60-day satisfaction guaranteed in-home trial. For more information visit Telikin.com or talk with a member of their sales team at 1-800-717-6582.