A family friend of a coworker has just entered the last place he'll live. Having just come out of hospital, he's quite weak and can't use his computer, so it won't be making the trip into constant care with him.
Good news is Graeme's reasonably open to new tech for a 95 year old. My coworker and I can't stand the thought of him wasting away in there with no outside world contact, especially as he's spent the last couple of years slowly completing his memoirs on his computer.
We'd like to get him an iPad, and need some advice on apps that can do the following:
1. Read ebooks to him - is there an easy to use, capable text-to-speech ebook reader you can recommend?
2. Record dictation for the book. Given his state, he's not going to be able to complete it, but perhaps he can leave sufficient voice notes that someone in the family can ghostwrite.
3. Make icons and text extremely large - his eyesight is largely a thing of the past, poor bugger.
4. Does the iPad have any way of connecting to a TV? Thinking of setting up a big screen so he can read more comfortably.
Also, some advice on security if you please - from past experience we mistrust workers in constant care facilities and would hate for the iPad to end up on eBay. I'm going to get it physically treated with Datadots or SelectaDNA but as for software, if there's an option that doesn't lock Graeme out as well I'd really be keen on hearing about it. If he has any trouble with it we won't hear about it until the next weekly visit, he wouldn't want to trouble us with an unscheduled question - so simpler the better.
I am by no means a fan of anything Apple but I grudgingly admit the iPad's the best bet on making this guy's last few years a little more liveable.
Ideas well appreciated! Cheers