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The perfect wave for silver surfers?

Nepos is on a mission to make the digital world accessible to seniors and boldly claims to have created the world's simplest user interface. Can the Berlin-based startup really serve up senior-friendly online applications on a silver tablet? You'll have to head to CEBIT to find out...

28 May. 2018
Nepos-Tablet
Nepos Tablet

According to Germany's D21 Digital Index for 2017-18, more than half the country's over-65s still don’t have access to the digital world. That's why Nepos invested three years and enlisted the help of more than 300 testers - including 50 long-term testers aged over 65 - to develop the world's first tablet with a universal interface. Visitors to CEBIT 2018 can see the impressive result at the startup's stand. "In today's world, almost everyone has a device. But many people are confused by cluttered user interfaces and complicated user manuals," says Paul Lunow, founder and CEO of Nepos. "It's not that older generations are too stupid to understand new technology - the systems simply aren't tailored to their needs. That's where Nepos comes in. We want to offer everyone the opportunity to enjoy exploring the Internet and participate in digital life."

According to Nepos, the tablet's innovative user interface, based on HTML5, can display all online content. This clearly designed Nepos UI+ (universal interface) always arranges all content in the same order, ensuring that once users grasp the logic behind the menu, they can use it for all manner of tasks - be that writing e-mails, online banking, shopping on the net or video-calling the family. According to the team at Nepos, comprehensive tests during the development process revealed that conventional tablets fail to meet the specific needs of older people, in terms of both their software and hardware. That's why Nepos joined forces with the designer Werner Aisslinger to develop an ergonomic product design that is functional and fashionable in equal measure. With a 10-inch screen, easy-to-read text, notifications for incoming e-mails and battery charging status, a volume control dial and a stable stand, seniors will surely never want to put this tablet down. The startup claims that the user's special interests are taken into account when the tablet is first set up and custom settings are configured accordingly. Automatic updates, a closed system that safeguards against viruses and a maintenance hotline round off this carefully conceived product, providing yet more reasons for over-65s to visit CEBIT 2018 and celebrate the premiere of Nepos' market-ready prototype.

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NEPOS GmbH (12209 Berlin, Germany), Hall 27, Stand C47/1 (scale11 Digital Lifestyle)

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