New type of tablets for city’s cancer survivors

Cancer survivors are being urged to keep taking the tablets as part of a Sheffield Hallam University computer project designed to improve their quality of life.

Computing students have been helping members of the Sheffield Bowel Cancer Support Group learn to use mobile web technology using tablets and iPads.

They attended a two-hour workshop to help them get to grips with the devices at the university.

The group, who are mostly retired, were shown how tablet devices can enhance quality of life and simplify everyday tasks, such as online shopping and searching for information.

The workshop was devised by postgraduate computing students Ashwin Kumar Srinivasan and Michael Gunning as part of the Venture Matrix project, which helps put knowledge into practice through collaborations with local organisations.

Members of the group were given an introduction to tablet devices, and to apps which could be of particular interest to the older generation.

These included a simplified Facebook app, Magniscope, a virtual magnifying glass, and Touchnote Postcards, which allows users to send and receive photographs with added captions, in the style of a postcard.

Group chairman Dil Scrivens said: “There’s an apprehension among us older generation that technology is difficult to use and more trouble than it’s worth.

“But the reality is if my small grandchildren can use tablets then absolutely anyone can. It’s our aim to give an insight into how tablets can be simpler to use than computers, can help to save money, and can improve quality of life for people who have overcome a very serious disease.”