Motorola Patents Elderly-Adjusting Phone

Motorola spews forth more patents in its shotgun approach to blanket every possible mobile technology just so others can't. Today, a cellphone that accomodates the elderly by increasing font size and simplifying menu structure, probably to the detriment of features.

The software on the phone "detects" the elderly by their speech patterns—Slower, less energetic and trembling, and then adjusts. Nice to know that the engineers at Motorola have finally quantified what it means to be elderly. Good work chaps! Time to have a drink and neglect your poor, destitute mother.

Patent [US PTO via Mobiledia]