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RealPad tablet can help older adults adapt to technology

AARP has teamed with computer giant Intel to

AARP has teamed with computer giant Intel to unveil the RealPad, a tablet that AARP says has been designed specifically for “the technology-apprehensive consumer.” Above, AARP members learn about the RealPad tablet at the annual convention in San Diego on Sept. 4, 2014. Credit: AP / Sandy Huffaker

While many 50-plus adults own computers, smartphones and tablets, some older people haven't adopted the new technology because they worry it is too difficult to learn.

AARP has teamed with computer giant Intel to unveil the RealPad, a tablet AARP says was designed specifically for "the technology-apprehensive consumer." The tablet is preloaded with video tutorials and comes with free customer service that offers "remote helping-hand sessions" 24 hours a day. It makes it easy to get online, share photos and conduct live video chats, so it's ideal for grandparents whose grandkids do not live nearby.

The tablet, which is powered by the popular Android operating system, retails for $189. RealPad is expected to go on sale next month at Walmart but can be preordered now. For more information, go to aarprealpad.org

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