Uni Students create phone App for elderly – might it be more use to tourists in Pattaya?

Uni Students create phone App for elderly – might it be more use to tourists in Pattaya?

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Original article – The Nation 7th March 2016

Phone App for elderly

Phone App for elderly

THAI UNIVERSITY students have successfully developed an Android social networking application for elderly persons, which also comes with a function that enables senior citizens to call their contacts in case of emergency and a “where am I?” function that provides directions in case they get lost.

The application’s website needs further development before it will be available on the Android Play Store for download.

The application, called “OLDSTER”, was developed by Patcharapol Nipa, Suchit Kulbanthomsil and Yutthasil Kosol – three students majoring in information technology at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok.

The application has a simple interface and uses easy-to-read large fonts, Patcharapol said. “We made this application because we have heard elderly relatives at home complaining often about how complicated and overly detailed the current popular chat programmes are, and especially [they complain about] the too-tiny fonts,” he said.

Suchit said OLDSTER had nine main functions, including a profile of personal data that users fill in when registering that includes the telephone numbers of emergency contacts and close relatives; a web board where users can express opinions or share information; and a personal messaging system that allows people to chat and send stickers to one another.

Suchit said they also had designed chat stickers inspired by pictures and messages conveying good wishes that many Thai parents and elderly relatives send to their children. Other functions include an alarm, programme settings and a variety of information in various fields. Suchit said the current phase of application’s development involved website administrators selecting news feeds to integrate into the application.

There are two other functions that are very particularly helpful, Yutthasil added. The “help me” function triggered by a red button sends a distress message to the users’ emergency contacts as in case of accident and the “where am I?” function provides information about a person’s whereabouts via GPS and directions in case they get lost. The application will also include a “I’m lost” button to ask for help.

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Salute Bangkok’s Latest Endangered Species

Salute Bangkok’s Latest Endangered Species: Phone Booths

Salute Bangkok's Latest Endangered Species

Vendors and street sweepers store their goods in phone stalls Thursday around Phadung Dao and Charoen Krung roads in Bangkok.

By Chayanit Itthipongmaetee
Staff Reporter

Salute Bangkok’s Latest Endangered Species. BANGKOK — Red and blue they stand in plexiglass and aluminum and plastic, abandoned and overlooked by eyes accustomed to ignoring them.

Many bear the marks of vandalism; many are broken. But as wandering through parts of Bangkok on Thursday found, the ubiquitous and familiar structures of line-based telephony have found new purposes.

Bangkok’s public telephone booths, 4,000 of which are slated for demolition, have become canvases for graffiti, message boards, garbage dumps, shelters for vendors and storage for merchants. Sometimes they even shelter the homeless, two-legged or four.

And some, despite seeming obsolete in the smartphone age, maintain an unexpected use: A few city folks were spotted inserting coins, dialing numbers, holding the comically large handset to their ear and speaking into it for a minute or two.

But our divorce from the phone booth past is inevitable. It wasn’t them – it was us. We became enamored of younger, more immediate and intimate technology.

While a cursory review finds payphones have been entirely removed in many countries, including Belgium, Jordan and Sweden, some cities have found creative alternatives. New York replaced them with Wi-Fi hotspots; Osaka turned some into goldfish aquariums. In London, some have been converted into solar-powered recharging stations.

In its announcement this past Monday, City Hall said it was removing them for the sake of a tidier city, saying that they either don’t work, block walkways or are illegally installed.

How many will be left remains unclear, but more details will be announced after district offices are notified and discussions held with the two companies which own most: TOT PLC and True Corp., according to Phuwadol Samankongsak of the Public Works Department.

Before they join gas lamps, horse hitches, street cars and newspaper racks as common urban sights swept away by time and technology, here’s a tribute to the telephone booth.

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