IBM and Apple cater to the elderly

IBM logoThe first fruits of the cooperation between IBM and Apple were announced today – in conjunction with Japan Post, the firms will provide iPads with IBM apps to milllions of elderly people in the country.

Japan Post is engaging in a pilot group for the project and by 2020 it hopes to provide four to five million units in Japan.

The iPads will include setting for low vision and people who are deaf, and IBM has written apps specifically for old people giving them reminders about medicines, exercise and diet. Apps will also give access to grocery shopping and job mapping.

IBM said it has included analytics abilities such as Japanese natural language analysis.

The move is likely to be the first of many such initiatives.

Big Blue said the elderly worldwide population will grow from 11.7 percent in 2013 to over 21 percent by 2050. IBM said 10,000 people turn 65 every day.

The pilot service will begin in the second half of this year.