Inspired by a chance conversation with my grandfather, project Mingle is a communication device created for the emergent needs of senior citizens. Unlike other entries in this market, Mingle is based on research insights that describe the actual physical difficulties that seniors face.
Rather than just enlarging the buttons and simplifying the interface on a standard device, Mingle recognizes these devices actually disempower their users through oversimplification.
Today's seniors lived through Vietnam and the '60s; they were the prime movers of the biggest cultural shifts in American society since the Civil War. Why then should they be treated as if they had no agency in their lives as they advance in years?
Mingle is designed to be adaptable, with a user interface that changes depending on the evolving needs of the user. This is not presented as a final solution, but as a proof of concept–one possible manifestation of the research insights.