Smart Speakers: Amazon Echo Dot

(21 January 2021 12:00 am)

Some of our registered service users were contacted in the summer of 2020 about taking part in an Amazon Echo Dot (smart speaker) trial for 6 months.

Recipients had to have WiFi, and a smart phone or tablet (their own or a friend or relative’s) in order to install it. After, they were sent the Echo Dot and instructions on how to install the device.

At the end of the trial we will be collecting more detailed feedback before re-distributing the devices again for a further trial. 

Here's what some of our service users had to say so far:

"I received the Dot and my son helped me set it up. It’s brilliant, a fantastic time saver, it’s really useful and it stops me having to struggle to read playlists and apps on my phone. Thank you so much, this is a godsend for visually impaired folk." - John

"it’s amazing, it’s so much easier to use than my phone." - Jim

"A friend has installed Alexa for me and ‘she’ is working fine. I still have quite a lot to learn and experimenting usually brings satisfaction." - Ethel

What to ask Alexa?

During the e-mail correspondence for the trial it was discovered that a user of our services, Robin Christopherson MBE, produces a daily podcast called Dot to Dot. Each episode is 5 minutes long and he reviews a different 'Alexa skill' (apps for Alexa) each day. Alexa skills include quizzes, games, workouts, meditation, book reviews, radio and so much more! So why not ask “Alexa play Dot to Dot podcast” or visit to check out previous episodes and see what fun you and Alexa can have.

If you are registered blind or partially sighted and would like to be contacted for similar trials in the future, please make sure that you are registered with Warwickshire Vision Support and that we have your up-to-date e-mail address on our database.

If you want to discuss smart speakers or have help with other IT issues, please call 01926 411331

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