Tuesday February 28, 2017

81-Year-Old Woman Learns Programming from Scratch, Makes Cool iPhone Game

Remember, it’s (usually) never too late to tackle an interest. Many people joke about seniors being tech illiterate, but this 81-year-old lady proves them wrong, having programmed an iPhone game even though she only started familiarizing herself with computers at 60 years of age.

If you laugh at how older people use computers, this 81-year-old from Japan is going to set you straight. Masako Wakamiya is making the news for an app she created to show people the correct way to place their traditional doll displays ahead of Hinamatsuri, or Girl's Day, in Japan. Wakamiya is a former banker who clocked 43 years of service at a major Japanese bank, and only learned how to use computers when she was 60. In the app, named Hinadan آ— a combination of the words hina, a type of doll, and dan, meaning "tier" آ— the player must position 12 dolls in their correct positions on a display with four tiers.