When I visit my grandmother, she always uses her Amazon Echo ($ 70 at Amazon) . It does everything to remind her to take her blood pressure medication, tell her stories, and keep the temperature in her house accurate.
Alexa, Amazon echo's built-in voice assistant, does many everyday tasks freehand, saving you and your older relatives the effort of doing a lot of physical labor.
If you want to consider echoing your grandparents, aging parents or other loved ones, you can do the following to make their lives a little easier.
An Amazon Echo can help you or your family members who suffer from conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson's, or obstructive vision disorders without having to see or touch them directly.
You can create a routine that activates a series of commands by simply saying a custom phrase. For example, if you say, "Alexa, it's morning,"could raise the temperature by 10 degrees, should pitch a pot of coffee and to turn on your TV at the same time. Of course, you must buy these Alexa-compatible devices to make all this possible.
To set up a routineopen the Alexa app on your phone, tap the three horizontal lines in the upper left of the screen and select "Routines". Then select "Create Routine" and then "When this Happens" to receive an oral request or a specific time to initiate a series of actions. You can set this routine to run every day, week, or month. You can even set it once.
You can set this routine to run every day, week, or month. You can even set it once.
Although the echo is just a machine, Amazon has tried to give Alexa a sense of humanity. You can get the day going by saying, "Alexa, start my morning," and you'll receive a positive motivational message of the day. It's pretty thoughtful and allows you to have a lot of interactivity with it back and forth.
If you get bored in the middle of the day and have nothing to do, let Amazon Echo read your favorite book. Just say "Alexa, read Catcher and the Rye" or whatever you want to hear. You can pay to subscribe to Audible.com to gain access to more than 100,000 in your catalog. You can also visit the website of your local public library, where you can access free audiobooks.
Do you want Amazon Echo to make you laugh? Just say "Alexa, tell me a few jokes," and it'll play jokes by Jimmy Fallon.
Once you forget to take your medications, Amazon Echo has the answer.
Alexa can remind you to take your pills. If you take different pills at different times of the day, you can set a reminder for each pill. Just say, "Alexa, remember to take my blood pressure pill at 8am."
Alexa offers several free ways to increase the safety of your – or your elderly relative – at home.
The Intruder Detergent skill is for use when you leave the house, but you can use it when you are home alone.
This skill plays sound so people on the other side of the door think there is someone or something in it. Just say "Alexa, Burglar Deterrent" and you will be asked to choose the ambient sound of a particular environment. When you say "party," music is played and the sound is simulated by people who speak opening soda cans. Sounds pretty realistic.
If you're looking for a more robust security presence, use Nest Secure, an Alexa-enabled, third-party interactive security system ($ 40 on Amazon) that controls the security system, lights, locks, and thermostats. With Alexa, you can control all these things from home or from anywhere in the world.
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