Rob Sweeney’s 82-year-old mother doesn’t do text messaging. He created messageQube so she and others aren’t completely cut off because they live without smartphones and email accounts.
The wireless, five-inch cube uses thermal paper to deliver text in large print as well as black-and-white photos. To send a message, family and friends dial a private, 10-digit phone number that is unique to each device.
“It’s a way to communicate with the tech-averse aging population,” said Sweeney, an entrepreneur in Parkville, Mo.
Users can get messages but can’t send them. The device doesn’t do voice communication. The good old telephone remains a vital companion if someone wants to hold a conversation.
It costs $169 to buy a messageQube. There’s also a yearlong subscription required, at $21 a month. – Diane Stafford, The Kansas City Star
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