Hi! I am assuming that you have probably heard a lot about Amazon Echo in the last two years or so. If you haven’t, check it out here! It is a device that accepts voice commands, and does lots of things for us.

But how does it “do things”? Amazon Echo, or Alexa, who is the soul of Echo, connects to lots of smart devices, services, objects around us. Some of the things you can ask Alexa to do are:

  • To begin with, it can tell you the weather and traffic conditions. (“Alexa*, what’s the weather like?”, “Alexa what’s the traffic like?”)
  • Read Kindle and Audible books to you, and play music for you. (“Alexa, play the Kindle book ‘Be Here Now’”, “Alexa, play ‘The Beatles’)
  • Look up events and appointments on your calendar and let you know what your day looks like. (“Alexa, what does my day look like?”)
  • Help you go to the movies by finding the nearest theater and local timings. (“Alexa, where is Deadpool playing?”)
  • Find local businesses and restaurants. (“Alexa, what time does the nearby pharmacy close?”)
  • Add items to your shopping list and also re-order previously ordered items from Amazon with just one voice command. (“Alexa, reorder laundry detergent”, “Alexa add coffee filters to my cart”)
  • Helps you keep track of important tasks. (“Alexa, put ‘file taxes’ to my to-do list”)
  • Control all lights and other devices around your house. (“Alexa, turn on light 1”, “Alexa, turn off the TV”)
  • Control your thermostat. (“Alexa, set my bedroom temperature to 68”)
  • Play games, order an Uber ride, order a pizza from Dominos!
  • Lots and lots of other things!

The purpose of this blog is to show how people with disabilities can use Alexa to not only perform actions for them but also gain independence, confidence, and comfort in life. I will be posting short videos and articles here showcasing several of Alexa’s “skills” that can be beneficial to people with disabilities.

I hope you find this blog helpful!

 

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