Tablet Stand Product Review: Bamboosa Lap Log

bamboosa lap log tablet standWhen it comes to finding a tablet stand, they are a dime-a-dozen and can be found on a variety of retails sites.  When the hunt is on to find a  stylish and comfortable tablet stand that works well for seniors and are made in the USA, they are hard to find!  I am excited to add the Bamboosa Lap Log to the list of products that I love, and that I can highly recommend to my readers.  I personally love the Lap Log, and the company that makes them is pretty special too.  Bamboosa also makes men’s, women’s and baby apparel, blankets, and bedding to name a few.

Why I love the Lap Log Tablet Stand

The Lap Log is a perfect hands-free solution for tablets and eReaders alike.  I have noticed that my grandmother has difficulty holding her 10-inch tablet and trying to use it at the same time.   I tested the Lap Log with both an iPad and the smaller Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.  It held both tablets in my lap comfortably, and was easy to move around and adjust.  The tablets stayed put and didn’t fall over.  I especially like the way the tablet stand worked for me while I was sitting up in bed as it freed up my hands to use the tablet.  This eco-friendly product is made from soft 100% Organic Cotton Twill, and is filled with natural buckwheat hulls.  The wooden inserts that hold the tablet in place come in a variety of sizes depending on the size of your tablet or eReader.  The wooden insert is easily removed for washing the Lap Log.  Once the insert is removed, you could also use this as a pillow- the perfect travel companion!  The Lap Log comes in many different patterns and solid colors.  They even have cute kids-themed fabrics.  These would make a perfect holiday gifts for loved ones, young and aged alike!

We are giving away two Lap Logs, visit our Facebook page to see how you can win one!

Why tablets for seniors are a great choice

Tablets for seniors

As we continue to embrace the digital age, boomers and seniors are becoming increasingly exposed to the technological advances in communication, from laptops to smartphones and tablets. The iPhone 6 may be here, but for the older generations, tablets for seniors are a far more practical choice for a number of reasons.

Tablets are bigger

The obvious reason that tablets for seniors are preferable to smartphones, is their size. Today’s modern smartphone might be up to 5.5 inches in screen size, but with an average 9 inch tablet screen size, these friendly little devices are easier on the eye and promise the same capabilities as the modern day smartphone. They’re also far preferable for mobile communication, for example, a Skype conversation with family or friends can be seen far more clearly on a bigger screen.

Tablets are mobiletablets for seniors

While laptops might have been the gadget of choice for older adults some years ago, nobody can deny that they can be clunky.  A laptop might be an ideal choice if it is not frequently used, but for those of us who are still mobile enough to get around on a daily basis, we need a device that can travel with us. The tablet is the perfect go-between for mobile phones and laptops – it has an extensive battery life and can connect to Wi-Fi, which is ideal for emailing, browsing, and gaming in coffee shops, waiting areas and more.

Tablets can be adjusted for aging eyes and vision loss

tablets for seniors are a great digital optionTablets that are back-lit are a huge boost for those with vision loss.  The ability to zoom and enlarge photos and text easily with two fingers is a clear winner over laptops for adults with vision impairments.   Tablets can also be easily adjusted for color contrast, text size, text-to-speech, magnification,  and negative colors.  In this way, tablets are keeping people connection to the outside world who may otherwise be isolated due to their vision.

Tablets for seniors can improve cognitive function 

There is no doubt that the gaming capabilities for today’s modern tablets know no bounds. In particular, however, when done right, tablet games can be especially helpful for us as we age. Modern-day brain training games like Sudoku and Crosswords have moved on from the pen and paper era to being based within our tablets. Moreover, studies have shown that challenging games like card and brain games (we like can help to improve our cognitive skills and information retention.  As we get older we might have trouble finding enough people to sit down and play a game of cards with, which is why sites like may be preferable may be preferable, giving users the chance to flex their strategic skills without the hassle of a pack of cards.

The power of modern day tablets as a way of keeping in touch and keeping the brain stimulated is continually changing and improving.  With improved mobile internet access and low cost to purchase, there’s no reason why every older adult shouldn’t have one.  What are your favorite online gaming sites?

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Backlighting On Tablets May Help Seniors Read

The Senior List has long touted the new e-readers and tablets as being increasingly “Senior Friendly”.  Now a small study out of Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz,  Germany) has shown somebacklighting on tablets results that add some science to this notion.  It appears that backlighting from tablets may make it easier for seniors to read on these devices vs. traditional printed materials.  In the study, seniors (age 60-77) AND their younger counterparts (age 21-34) overwhelmingly preferred traditional books over the electronic versions.  But when the researchers looked at the scientific evidence (in this case combined EEG and eye-tracking measures) they noticed some contrary clues worth noting.

Among the older adults, digital measures “showed shorter mean fixation durations and lower EEG theta band voltage density – known to covary with memory encoding and retrieval – for the older adults when reading from a tablet computer in comparison to the other two devices.”  In layman’s terms… The back-lighting from the iPad allowed the older adults to read faster, and comprehend more.  This is quite interesting indeed, considering the built-in bias toward traditional printed materials.  More scientific data is probably warranted, but this certainly raises some eyebrows.

In the rapidly changing circumstances of our increasingly digital world, reading is also becoming an increasingly digital experience: electronic books (e-books) are now outselling print books in the United States and the United Kingdom.” Kretzschmar, Pleimling, Hosemann, Füssel, & Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, et al.

backlighting on tabletsCould tablets become mainstream devices or “must haves” for aging adults?  Some would argue (including us) this evolution/revolution is already happening. predicts that the highest growth rates among tablet users will come from users under 12 (huh?) and adults age 65+.  With an intuitive user interface (UI), video conferencing capabilities, multi-media at the fingertips, and email… Tablet growth and new applications (apps) will push even more tablets in the hands of aging adults.

Tablet Choices For Boomers and Seniors

Tablet Choices for boomers and seniorsThere’s a lot of hype in tech circles about the new tablets available today (for good reason).  There’s a lot to choose from… There’s the iPad from Apple, the Samsung Galaxy, the Google Nexus, Kindle Fire, Lenovo’s ThinkPad, the Barnes & Noble Nook… and many more!  Now that the market is awash with tablets, the new game for tablets is “Right Sizing”.  The ever-so-popular iPad family recently introduced the iPad mini… A 7.9 inch (diagonal)  version of their ubiquitous iPad franchise (down from the standard 9.7 inch version).  It takes one heck of a marketing department to scale down the size of your best selling tablet AND create enough global buzz to power a small city… But alas Apple is known for accomplishing almost anything.  You’ll begin to see other tablet manufacturers follow suit in offering an even wider array of size options.  This evolution is happening now.

We think tablets are a great choice for consumers in general, but they’re also a great purchase decision for baby boomers and seniors.  We own an iPad (iPad 2), and immediate family members also own and use an iPad (2012), a Samsung Galaxy, a Kindle Fire, a Google Nexus, and a Nook.  (My father in law is the tablet-king owning 4 of 5 the aforementioned!)  Tablets are a lightening fast gateway to the internet to search for news, check your email quickly, check the weather, read an e-book, or listen to some tunes.  Apple’s Facetime app is a great way to stay in touch with family (easy to use too) and of course there’s always Skype (available on all tablets) as well.  The tablets today are not complex, they’re intuitive… they hold a charge (much better than a lap top)… they’re mobile… and they just work.

Kindle FireOur favorite tablet today is the iPad, but be forewarned it’s also one of the most expensive.  Direct prices for the iPad mini, the iPad 2, and the iPad run $329, $399, and $499 respectively for the 16G WiFi (only) versions.  Expect to pay a bit more for the WiFi + cellular versions.  Contrast those with prices from the Amazon’s Kindle family, including the Kindle Fire HD (8.9″) the Kindle Fire HD (7″) and the Kindle Fire (7″), you’d be paying $299, $199, and *$159 respectively.  (*Note; the Kindle Fire is only available with 8G of memory on the device compared to twice that on the iPad mini).


“From the sidelines to the playing field: Tablets put seniors squarely in the high-tech game”  McKinsey&Company – Cyber boom: Why tablet domination has only just begun.

google nexus tabletThe biggest knock on iOS/Apple’s native operating system  (pick your version- we use iOS6) is the not-ready-for-primetime maps application.  It works OK, but just didn’t live up to the hype and expectations of the very well announced Apple map experience!  We’re guessing it will be another year before they re-launch this feature, and no doubt Tim Cook (new Apple CEO) won’t let the maps app out of the gate until it’s near perfect.  Apple doesn’t usually make big mistakes, and that was one of them on Cook’s watch.  Interesting to note that Apple recently shook up it’s management team including the guy that headed up the Apple map launch debacle, Scott Forstall.

There are abundant applications for each of the tablet choices available today.  The Senior List recently published some of our favorite Apple apps for boomers and seniors (click through and add your favorites to the list) and we’ve written a good bit about smartphone use among aging adults.  As tablets and smartphones continue to evolve, we’ll all be relying on them to do even more for us… everywhere… without interruption.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to Facetime with dad so I can remind him to take his meds!!