Doro, the Swedish company that produces ‘easy to use’ mobile phones for older consumers, has announced plans to launch a mobile-based DIY care service this summer. Doro Connect & Care will combine social networking with a network of volunteers, ensuring that elderly people can receive assistance even if their friends or family aren’t available.
The service isn’t just for emergency use but is also designed to help when family members need a hand with domestic tasks, such as closing a window or moving a heavy object.
When the service is launched it’ll be offered on compatible Doro mobile phones. A companion app on Android and iOS smartphones will let trusted family members and friends keep an eye on the user’s behaviour, alerting them if their routine changes dramatically.
Details of the volunteer network and the subscription charges will be revealed in the next few months.
Chris Millington, Managing Director of Doro UK, said “We are currently working with our renowned partner organisations on this exciting project – specifically in terms of delivering the volunteer element. We have found that 44% of people are willing to give some of their time to help others living within their local community. This service will help to bring families and their neighbours together in a more meaningful way. Our intelligent and innovative use of mobile technology will once again take huge steps toward bridging the digital divide between the generations.”
In addition, Doro has used Mobile World Congress 2015 to reveal voice-enabled versions of its two newest smartphones, created in partnership with specialist smartphone producer Claria (formerly Telorion). They’ll be called the Doro 820 Claria and Doro 820 Mini Claria.
We spoke to Chris Millington of Doro in our Mobile World Congress 2015 podcast. You can listen to the conversation via the built-in audio player on our website or by downloading the MP3 file.