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Qualcomm, City of Seoul, Korea Telecom and MacroEye Leverage the Power of 3G to Connect Low Income and Disabled Senior Citizens to Caregivers
Date:12/2/2009

tions with senior citizens using video, photos and other applications. This functionality allows helpers to check on the health and well-being of participants without having to wait for a scheduled visit.

The KT SHOWCare Monitoring System uses Qualcomm's mirasol® display which is uniquely suited to benefit the elderly participants within the Seoul Family Helper program. Based on reflective technology, mirasol displays use significantly less energy than traditional displays which enables low power consumption and extended battery life for the SHOWCare device. In addition, the bistable nature of the mirasol display allows for near-zero power usage in situations where the display image is unchanged. This allows caregivers to aid participants in placing the device in a stationary setting and leaving it for extended periods of time without having to worry about charging the battery. The display's nature-inspired design also provides viewing in nearly all broad spectrum lighting environments, including bright outdoor sunlight, meaning that images can be seen in a wide range of participant environments. Furthermore, mirasol display technology's rapid refresh rate makes it suitable for video and multimedia, allowing communications with senior citizens using video and photos.

"South Korean society has preserved a strong tradition of family bonds and responsibility," said Young Koo Cha, senior vice president and president of Qualcomm Korea. "Qualcomm is pleased to enable key services and applications for senior citizens and their caregivers using mobile broadband technology."

"Demand for elderly social welfare programs is increasing as the Korean population ages and grows in number," said Byoung-ho Kang, director of Senior Citizen's Welfare Division of the City of Seoul Family Helper Program. "This collaboration with Qualcomm allows caregivers to stay connected in between home visits and monitor the well-being of their pati
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