25 May 2021
(25 May 2021 12:00 am)
Today Luke from Amazon joined the Zoom call to talk about the Amazon Echo Show. Unfortunately Amazon did not allow the meeting to be recorded so here are some notes on the presentation.
Alexa, is the same application on all the devices that are Alexa enabled. The differences are down so the physical components eg screen size, speaker size, screen resolution etc.
Alexa can play free music from Amazon music with occasional adverts or from your favourite subscription service eg. Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music etc. Internet radio stations are free and are from all over the world.
Alexa can read your Kindle books or you can listen to Audible books via your subscription.
You can ask Alexa to set reminders, times and keep lists eg a shopping list.
On the Echo show there are the following accessibility settings:
- Show and Tell – ask Alexa what am I holding and she will guide you to holding the object in front of the camera and identify it. The Amazon store catalogue is used to identify the item and Luke suggested own brand products not stocked on Amazon might be harder to identify. Morrisons products and branded goods worked best but they are continuing to work on this.
- VoiceView is the screen reader on Amazon touch screens and is similar to Apple VoiceOver or Android Talkback.
- Screen Magnification
- Colour inversion
- Tap to Alexa feature allows you to put shortcuts on the screen to select an Alexa command by tapping the shortcut.
Alexa enabled devices can call for free to UK land lines and mobiles. Video calls can be made with devices that have a screen.
Introduced in March 2021, Visually impaired people can call the RNIB helpline for free, “Alexa, call RNIB Helpline”
There are smart devices that can be purchased and controlled by your Alexa including central heating thermostats, smart light bulbs and power sockets.
John Lewis, Curries PC World, Argos and Tescos stock a range of Amazon devices and you should be able to look and feel before buying. Prices are generally standard wherever you buy except when Amazon is having a Prime Day or Black Friday day/week when the discounts are generally significant.