Tablets and iPads are handheld computers that are lightweight and portable, with easy-to-use touch screens and the ability to increase the size of images and text for clearer viewing with just the touch of a finger or two. These devices take up far less space than traditional computers or laptops, and they are easy to carry with you. Tablets and iPads can be used to access the Internet, operate computer software programs, store and share photos, listen to music, read ebooks and digital magazines, play games, and more.
Smartphones are “mobile” phones that connect to the Internet.
Not only do they allow you to make and receive phone calls as well as email and text, but you can also use a smart phone to browse the Internet, play video games and load multiple apps (mini software programs). Smartphones also function as media players so you can read eBooks, watch videos, and listen to your favorite music. Plus, smartphones have built-in cameras so you can use them to take, store and share photos.
Technology has advanced so quickly in recent years that it often feels like we are living in a completely different world than the one we grew up in. Keeping up with all the new tech trends may seem daunting, but becoming more tech savvy in our later years can have a positive impact on our lives. It is never too late to try new things, and learning how to use new technologies may not be as challenging as you might expect.
New technologies are worth investigating. They can help us communicate more frequently with family and friends, stay up-to-date with what’s going on in the world, share photos and videos, and even keep us more mentally and physically active and alert. Below are just a few newer technologies to look into... if you are not already using them.
eReaders are handheld electronic devices designed primarily
for reading and storing digital books, magazines and newspapers. They also can be used to listen to and store audio books and music. Some models are designed for browsing the Internet and watching videos as well. Digital books and other materials can be downloaded directly onto the device through any wireless Internet connection and often cost far less than printed formats. eReaders come in different sizes, but all are designed to be lightweight and convenient to carry with you. Each device can store a large personal library of several hundred books and other materials. Perhaps best of all, eReaders also allow you to adjust type size for easier reading, a helpful feature you won't find in a traditional printed book.
Video game systems and online virtual games have come a long way from their humble predecessors in the arcades of yesteryear. They are far more realistic and involve more physical activity. Beyond the fun and entertainment they provide, studies have shown that playing video games can actually improve reflexes, coordination, reasoning, memory, attention, and enhance overall physical and mental health. Not only that, research has also shown that playing video games encourages social interaction and can help reduce anxiety and depression in older people.