IBM, universities target easy-to-use cell phones

Teaming up with international universities, IBM has started a two-year research program that aims to make cell phones easier to use for groups including the elderly and the illiterate, Reuters reports. IBM said that software developed in the program, which also involves the National Institute of Design of India and Tokyo University, will be made available on an open-source basis, and other materials developed will be made publicly available for governments and businesses. Telecom industry watchers said the IBM program addresses a genuine need. “As the population in Europe and North America ages, the need for specialized mobile devices will become acute,” said Ben Wood, research director at British consultancy CCS Insight…

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