NEWS: GrandPad, the Tablet Designed Specifically for Older People, Launches in Parts of Europe
The startup that created a tablet for older people has launched the tablet in the Republic of Ireland and the UK.
The company, with a mission of improving the lives of millions of older people, as well as their family and friends, also opened a European branch in Wexford, Ireland.
In the next five years, GrandPad is projecting to employ more than 75 employees in Ireland.
The company’s approach there is to hire employees in rural communities and enable them to work remotely, so as to avoid long commutes.
GrandPad was launched in 2014 by founders Scott Lien, who serves as CEO, and his son Isaac.
The tablet costs $200 and includes a wireless charging dock, magnetic smart case and stylus. For a monthly service fee of $40, customers receive unlimited data, so they can call, video chat, email, share photos and stream music without any additional charges.
According to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging, an estimated 400,000 people in Ireland are lonely. Technology can play an important role in helping older adults reduce loneliness and isolation by allowing them to stay connected with loved ones and live independently at home, according to the company.