Smartphone shared calendar application for elderly people
1University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Department of Information Processing Science, Information Processing Science
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In today’s society, a smartphone has become an indispensable tool in people’s daily lives and there are various apps on these mobile phone platforms,which provide great convenience for people’s lives. Android system has became one of the mainstream operating system’s in the smartphone market, because of its high degree of openness, good user experience and low cost. Until the 24.9.2013, the Android mobile device has reached more than one billion units all over the world. Under the stimulus of such large usage, the Android apps emerge endlessly. From multimedia to social software, from games to browsers, all of the applications reflect the vast market potential and strong competitiveness and applicability of the Android system. The calendar is an essential application for almost every smart mobile device. Calendar has been accompanied by the development of human civilization. After entering the information age, with the development of different kinds of smart mobile devices, calendar has also evolved from a paper calendar into computer software, It also gives the calendar more space to achieve more features. At present calendar applications are not used only for basic calendar features, but as a supportive tool for example creating alarms for timed events or memo features between other software. The combination of time and events in calendar software can improve one’s ability to manage daily life. This thesis presents in detail,the development environment, the core architecture, main functions and the important algorithms for a calendar application for the elderly. It also shows the general process of development of mobile applications, and discusses the background, present situation and future development of the calendar application created for the Android platform. The developed calendar system is mainly oriented for the elderly. Therefore the purpose is to provide functional modules that can offer assistance for this aging population. In addition to the most basic functions, such as querying dates, it also includes recording, changing the font and sharing functions. This sharing functionality is the most important feature of the system module. Sharing means a calendar becomes networked communication software from the schedule management software. This paper concentrates on providing some valuable thinking of the design of software for elderly people.
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