A Norwegian technology firm focused on tackling social isolation and loneliness among vulnerable groups has launched a new version of its one-button computer developed specifically for seniors.
No Isolation said KOMP, which is designed to help seniors connect with their family members safely and easily, now has a wider screen, enhanced sound quality and built-in internet.
The model was launched in direct response to user feedback following an increase in demand brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Karen Dolva, co-founder and CEO of No Isolation commented: “By creating KOMP, we want to ensure that seniors feel like they are an active part of their children’s and their grandchildren’s lives, and to stop them feeling lonely, particularly while they can’t physically be with their family.
“Now more than ever, we want to bring all of the most magical aspects of modern-day communication tools into one device, in order to ensure seamless communication between all family members, across all generations. It is for this reason that we made the decision to bring forward the implementation of these much-needed updates to KOMP.”
KOMP is placed at the senior’s home, and family and friends can connect and share content through the dedicated app. When the KOMP is turned on, the user will automatically receive the messages, video calls and pictures sent throughout the day.
The device has no touch screen and all commands are performed through one large, graspable, button. The user can decline incoming calls, for instance, by turning he button to switch the KOMP off.
Accepting a call requires no action from the user – when turned on the KOMP counts down from 10, after which the call begins automatically – offering two-way video and audio.
Due to the temporary closure of nursing homes and the shielding mandates laid out for vulnerable adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, KOMP experienced a significant uptick in both sales and usage.
In the last two weeks of March alone, No Isolation sold 1,500 devices, and where the average KOMP would receive 1.9 phone calls per week pre-pandemic, this has now increased to 8.5. Additionally, the average amount of photos shared has also risen from 11 per week to 18.