Seniors are becoming internet savvy at an increasingly rapid rate. Last year Nielsen reported that nearly 18 million seniors were actively using the internet, up 55% over a five year period. They are searching, buying, emailing, and networking. However, what about the 22 million seniors who are not using the internet? Many are unwilling or unable to use a computer but would benefit from the sense of connection that email and other networking services provide.
Imagine if family members could send “thinking of you” messages to their parent or grandparents, and share pictures from the latest vacation or get together—all without their loved one having to own a computer. It would be a great thing right?
A company called Presto has a product which does just that—users can receive email and pictures without the use of a computer or internet connection. Presto does this through the use of a printer and a mail service, which converts emailed messages and photos into printable letters. These letters can then be dressed up and personalized with colorful templates. The printer can be connected to an existing phone line and can be set up to retrieve and print messages up to five times per day. And there isn’t any limit to the number of messages and photos one can send.
Besides being a great way to share family updates and pictures, it also can serve as a reminder service. From the company’s PrestoConnect webpage users can schedule one-time or recurring reminders for appointments, medications, or whatever. For those grandkids who increasingly use Facebook to share pictures, Presto’s DailySmile service allows users to automatically email selected photos to their loved one once a day.
At $49.95 the printer itself is surprisingly affordable. The mail service starts at $12.50 per month if you sign up for a year ($149.99). However, they also offer a month to month subscription for $14.99. Presto does not require a contract and those enrolled in the annual plan can receive a pro-rated refund for the unused portion of the subscription should they wish to discontinue service. There is also a 60-day risk free guarantee.
In today’s increasingly cellular world it is nice to see products that can help bridge those technological divides and bring families closer together.