Amazon Echo and Google Home for the Disabled

Amazon Echo and Google Home for the Disabled

October 6, 2017 9:00 am Published by

What are Amazon Echo and Google Home? And who is Alexa? Amazon’s Alexa is an affordable, in-home, tabletop, virtual assistant that answers your questions and can control various home appliances to fit your needs and preferences. Basically, they’re more advanced versions of Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, but which have more capabilities.


An upside to these in-home, virtual assistants is that many disabled people can rely on them to perform daily tasks such as:

  • Update your Facebook status.


  • Play Music from various platforms with 360°omnidirectional audio.


  • Calling and Messaging – With Google Home, you can call anyone in the U.S. or Canada who has a phone. Similarly, with the Amazon Echo, you can call or message anyone in your contacts who also has an Amazon virtual assistant.


  • Assistance from a Distance – Amazon virtual assistant is equipped with far-field voice recognition, so just call out, “Alexa” from almost anywhere in your home and she is ready to help, even while she plays music.


  • Discover New Things Using Alexa Voice Service – Alexa has many abilities, from answering your questions, to reading Audible audiobooks, from reading the news and giving weather and traffic reports, to providing updates on the score of your favorite sports teams and their schedules, Alexa is ready and willing to answer all of your inquiries.


  • Handoff Control of your Compatible Appliances – Fans, lights, volume controls, thermostats, garage door, locks, sprinklers, and many more can all be controlled via the voice commands you give Alexa when paired with compatible devices from Sony, Philips Hue, Samsung Smartthings, Nest, and others.


Google Home has the ability to distinguish voices, so it can identify people by their voices and adjust its response to their commands depending on who is speaking.


With Amazon Echo, simply say, “Alexa”, and your virtual assistant is ready and eager to help.

With the Google Home, as with any voice command on a Google platform, just say, “Hey, Google”, and your virtual assistant is right there to answer any inquiry you may have.

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