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An 81-Year-Old Woman Just Created Her Own iPhone App (cnn.com) 60

After 43 years working in one of Japan's leading banks, 81-year-old Masako Wakamiya has launched an iPhone app called "Hinadan" that shows users how to stage traditional dolls for the Hinamatsuri festival. From a report on CNN Money: She says she felt compelled to do something after noticing a shortage of fun apps aimed at people her age. "We easily lose games when playing against young people, since our finger movements can't match their speed," Wakamiya told CNN. The retired banker asked a bunch of people to create games for seniors, but no one was interested. So she took matters into her own hands and achieved something many people half her age haven't done. "I wanted to create a fun app to get elderly people interested in smartphones," she said. "It took about half a year to develop." Wakamiya started using computers at age 60 when she was caring for her elderly mother and finding it difficult to get out and socialize with friends.
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An 81-Year-Old Woman Just Created Her Own iPhone App

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    I was hoping more for a "81 year old woman just reversed her own aging with home biohacking kit".

    But I guess this is cool too.

  • Motivation (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Kokuyo ( 549451 ) on Friday March 03, 2017 @01:43PM (#53970587) Journal

    Being motivated is half the battle in most endeavors.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 03, 2017 @01:46PM (#53970613)

      Not just motivation though. Articles like this allow me to print it out and point to my grandma and say "SEE! LIKE THIS!". Old people need pressure to perform too!

      • by Anonymous Coward

        That's right, teach your grandma to make a new app where a simple damn web page would do. You're part of the problem, buddy.

        • That's right, teach your grandma to make a new app where a simple damn web page would do. You're part of the problem, buddy.

          FUCK OFF ***AND*** DIE, YOU INSUFFERABLE TWIT!

        • Sounds like one of those Microsoft Windows Phone 8 devs, who would make web app wrappers around sites, and have them masquerade as apps, when all they were doing was opening a new tab in Internet Explorer
      • As a kid, my parents would constantly torture me by pointing out the other achieving kids who outperformed me in school. Now, my parents are in their 80s, so it would be fun to show this to them and then give them the third degree about why they haven't developed all the apps that are missing from the stores }:-)

  • by 140Mandak262Jamuna ( 970587 ) on Friday March 03, 2017 @01:52PM (#53970649) Journal
    I am so surprised to see the similarities between the Golu I grew up with in South India and this Japanese doll festival Hinamatsuri. Images of Golu, arrangement of dolls celebrated for the Navrathri ( nine nights ) festival [google.com] Images of Hinamatsuri [google.com]
  • Comment (Score:4, Funny)

    by WallyL ( 4154209 ) on Friday March 03, 2017 @02:01PM (#53970719)

    ...Or she could just use facebook, like everybody else's grandma! /ducks

    • by twdorris ( 29395 )

      /ducks

      Is this some new phone-friendly / hipster version of the IRC "/me ducks" thing from the late 90s? If so, sigh. If not, carry on. And get off my lawn while you're at it.

  • by HideyoshiJP ( 1392619 ) on Friday March 03, 2017 @02:07PM (#53970773)
    I'm glad to see more diversity here, even if it's a simple app. That's one badass baa-chan.
  • Wakamiya started using computers at age 60 when she was caring for her elderly mother and finding it difficult to get out and socialize with friends.

    Probably lives in the basement, too. Great start!

  • If Objective-C ; did she use ARC or she went old school manual reference counting...... If she didn't use arc, she's a hardcore granny. Respect.
  • I realise a woman coding is such a huge accomplishment because they cannot comprehend basic mathematics, so we have to write a news article about it every time they do. But we have to remember, she is also asian, so we know she is naturally good at coding, and probably had lots of free time after she crashed her car and lost her husband in a crowd of other identicle Asian men.

    • by mark-t ( 151149 )
      The accomplishment is not in that she is a woman, but that by the time the technology even *existed* to do what she has just done, she was already at an age where many people have retired. So at most, it's a reflection of a stereotype of the elderly, not women.

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