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Caithness News Bulletins May 2009
ICT Youth Challenge Finalists Visit Laurandy Centre & Caithness FM
On Monday the 25th of May, the ICT Youth Challenge finalists from Wick High School, Tomi Baikie, John Coghill, Declan Mackay and Donnchadh Pellow visited the Laurandy centre in Wick. The Laurandy Centre offers day care services to elderly people in the community.
The purpose of the visit was to present their product to the clients, and interview the manager, in order to gain an insight into how and if elderly people would use the KiS Tablet – a touchscreen tablet computer with a simple user interface, designed primarily to help elderly people in their daily lives.
The clients were very enthusiastic about Team TIC’s product and some even had a go using their prototype demonstration. One client remarked: “I used to use computers the whole time, but arthritis has stopped that completely. The KiS Tablet would give me the freedom to use a computer again”.
Mrs Allan was similarly impressed with the product, stating: “The KiS tablet touchscreen fills a gap in the market. The Government want to see less people in full-time care and to a certain extent the KiS Tablet would give elderly people their independence again”.
Team TIC also visited Caithness FM on Thursday 28th of May and appeared as guests on the “Jim and Ali show”. During the two hour slot the team promoted their product and dedicated songs to their supporters.
The final of the ICT Youth Challenge is from the 28th of June until the 3rd of July.