A clever Symbian touch UI for the elderly or weak-sighted

MummoPhone shows large letters and numbers. It also allows setting the most important contacts showing first.My mom bought her first phone with a touch screen, because it was a nice looking device. The sales person convinced her and somewhat even me she would learn to use a new touch-screen Nokia phone. Well, it has turned out it’s not that easy anyway. There’s clearly demand for a more simplified user interface. On Friday I got a tip about MummoPhone, a nice little app for Symbian S60, Symbian 3 and Symbian Anna touch-screen phones.

“Mummo” is Finnish and means grandmother or gran. However, this application is not only limited to them, but anyone with a weak sight could benefit from it, or even just a regular user who needs to control the touch-screen when driving a car. MummoPone has several features of which the large fonts are the most important. It does not replace the default address book of the phine or the phone call applicatin, but instead it’s loaded by default when return from idle or power save mode, presuming the user has allowed this when asked for it.

It’s not just about large fonts. There’s also a security feature that allows a care-takers of an elderly or somehow disabled person to open aphone call in speaker mode, even though the owner could not take the call having fell or got some kind of a seizure. The application also allows setting the most important contacts showing at first, even though the default setting is the alphabetical order of the phone’s address book.

MummoPhone costs 5 euros on Ovi Store and is available for Symbian S60 5th Edition, Symbian 3 and Symbian Anna. It has been developed by a small Finnish software company which hasn’t developed mobile software before this. They had a group of beta testers before publishing the app, but I believe they are very happy to hear new ideas and suggestions for improvements.

I don’t know if there are same kind apps for Android or iOS too. I guess there could be demand for that.