The Internet of Things (IoT) already is making life easier for tech-savvy folks with disposable income. However, many of the devices you can set from a smartphone aren’t always useful for those of us who are home all day. The IoT just wasn’t practical for many people with chronic illnesses–until now.
Amazon has developed a hands-free, voice-activated device that does just about everything someone who is confined to bed or a wheelchair could want.
The Echo Show is a great idea for someone who is disabled, has a fatiguing illness or is otherwise unable to use their hands. I do not own one of these devices, but I’m seriously considering buying it next Monday when Amazon has its Prime Day sales.
Here’s why I think this would be great for anyone who is disabled. With the Echo Show, in no particular order of importance, you can:
- Watch Amazon Video content
- See music lyrics on-screen with Amazon Music. Just ask to play a song, artist or genre, and stream over Wi-Fi
- Play music simultaneously across Echo devices with multi-room music (Bluetooth not supported)
- View security cameras. Ask Alexa to show the front door or monitor another room with compatible cameras from Amazon and others
- See your photos
- Get weather forecasts
- Just talk to make to-do and shopping lists
- Browse and listen to Audible audiobooks
- Call almost anyone hands-free
- Make video calls to family and friends with an Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App
- Instantly connect to other Echo devices around your home
- Stream music on Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more
- Turn on lights or the TV, set thermostats, control Amazon Video on Fire TV, and more with WeMo, Philips Hue, Sony, ecobee, and other compatible smart home devices
Plus, Echo Show will get smarter and be adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Allrecipes, CNN, and more.
All hands-free—just ask the device.
The Echo Show has powerful, room-filling speakers with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and extended bass response. With eight microphones, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo Show hears you from any direction—even while music is playing.
FLASH: we don’t have to wait for Prime Day since they are on sale now!
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