Hip with the times! Techies update oldsters on latest gadgets and smart-living tips at fair • Brooklyn Paper

Hip with the times! Techies update oldsters on latest gadgets and smart-living tips at fair

Walk this way: Steve Kaufman presented his Quikiks “hands-free” shoes to elders at Senior Tech Day at Borough Hall on Wednesday.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

They’re senior netizens!

More than 400 Kings County elders packed Borough Hall on Wednesday for a fair that connected them with tech tips and gadgets that can improve their everyday lives, ensuring they’re not left behind by plugged-in youngsters, according to an attendee.

“Seniors should be involved in everything,” said Clara Baptist. “They want to come, they want to learn, they want to keep their minds active.”

Hosts of the second-annual Senior Tech Day corralled more than 30 vendors to help download oldsters on so-called “smart” products — such as Internet-connected televisions — that can make their days even easier, and set up panels that covered topics including basic computer and social-media skills, according to information from The Bay Ridge Center, an oldsters’ clubhouse based in its namesake neighborhood that organized the event.

And not all of the gizmos on display featured touch screens and power cords — some entrepreneurs showcased products that can enhance users day-to-day routines without even plugging them in, such a pair of easy-to-slip-on shoes, “Quikiks,” whose vendor said are designed to help those with mobility issues.

“People told me their parents need these,” said Steve Kaufman. “The fair is a great venue that brings together all kinds of technology and reaches out to people who might not know these things exist otherwise.”

Screenshot: Clara Baptist, left, learns about electronic repair services at the iFix Screens booth during Senior Tech Day.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

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