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Face-Dialing Phones

A Phone for Seniors Lets You Scan Pictures to Call People

— June 30, 2013 — Tech
The 'Elderly E Phone' is a phone for seniors that lets you call people through facial recognition. Designed for those with deteriorating memory, the phone can scan pictures of faces to retrieve pre-set numbers. As a result, users simply have to remember the face of the person they want to call instead of their name or phone number.

Using basic facial recognition, a circular scanner on the top of the phone can recognize faces. All you have to do is keep a contact list filled with pictures of people that you would want to call. When you want to make a call, just open up your list and look for the correct face.

The phone was designed by a team at East China Normal University headed by Prof. Dai Yunting for the Red Dot Awards.
Trend Themes
1. Facial Recognition Technology - The use of facial recognition technology in phones for seniors presents opportunities for more intuitive and personalized user experiences.
2. Simplified Communication - Developments in communication devices like the Elderly E Phone create the potential to simplify communication for individuals with memory loss or cognitive decline.
3. Human-centered Design - The focus on designing phones specifically for seniors highlights the growing trend of human-centered design in the tech industry.
Industry Implications
1. Mobile Device Manufacturing - Mobile device manufacturers have the opportunity to incorporate facial recognition features into their products to cater to the needs of seniors and individuals with memory impairments.
2. Assistive Technology - The development of phones like the Elderly E Phone showcases the potential for assistive technology in improving the lives of older adults and individuals with cognitive challenges.
3. Design and Innovation Consulting - Consulting firms specializing in design and innovation can help companies create user-friendly, inclusive products such as phones that cater to diverse user needs.
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