Amazon Echo for seniors, is it a good gift?
We are assuming that you know well what it is Alexa or the Amazon Echo. But, if you have simply heard about them from friends or through the internet, let us give you a brief summary of what this is all about.
The first thing you should know is that the Amazon Echo, like there are equipment of this type but from other companies, they are smart speakers that, through their microphones, can interact with us through voice commands.
And, precisely, the intermediary of all this is what we know as Alexa. A virtual assistant that is integrated into this type of loudspeaker and that, by providing the appropriate orders, can facilitate many tasks and be of great use to us.
Is it difficult to use one of these speakers with Alexa? Not at all, just the opposite. This is surely the most common question that one can ask if you are thinking of buying this type of equipment if you are not used to using them. Whether it is for the own consumption of those who are not used to using technology in their day-to-day life, or for the elderly, its use is incredibly simple.
Once configured (a process that is also quite simple following the instructions indicated by the device itself when connecting it to the power), we only need to say the word “Alexa” so that the assistant is activated through any of the Amazon Echo speakers. From here, you can simply ask it for what you need, and if it’s programmed for it, it will.
But, if you still have doubts as to whether a product of this type can be useful for older people, then we will show you some of the best uses that they can give them.
What can Alexa do for seniors?
The Alexa features they are almost infinite. Even those of us who are used to interacting with Amazon’s smart assistant in our day to day, we can discover new functionalities or ways to use it that had not occurred to us so far.
Now we want to let you know some of those actions that we think will be very useful for our mothers, fathers, grandmothers or grandfathers. Some will be simpler and others something more “complex” or dedicated to some who have been using this type of accessories for a while.
Create alarms, timers, or reminders
One of the simplest but, at the same time, most useful tasks that we can perform with a smart speaker with Alexa is to ask it to create these types of actions. We will can set an alarm just by saying “Alexa, set an alarm for 12 am.” Or, for example, we can also ask “Alexa, remind me at 2 pm that I have to take my pill.”
And who has not happened to be cooking and need a timer to know when a process has finished. To do this it will be as simple as saying “Alexa, for a 30 minute timer.”
After any of these requests, at the end of the requested time, Alexa will sound an alarm through the speaker that we can stop are just saying “Alexa, stop” or “Alexa, cancel the alarm / timer.”
A calculator for everyday life
If need perform any simple calculation We can ask Amazon’s smart assistant to do it for us.
Only to ask it in the following way “Alexa, how much is 500 between 8” or “Alexa, how much is 24 plus 56 + 38”. Our older family members will appreciate having this functionality on hand more than you think.
Play music or the radio
Another great benefit of this type of device is that, of course, you can play music or different radio stations.
Speaking of the musical section, our elders will be able to recall the songs of their youth just by saying to the assistant “Alexa, put on music by Manolo Escobar.” Of course, you will need to have a linked music streaming service. This section can be easily solved if you link this device to your Amazon Music account that you have for free if you pay for Amazon Prime, for example.
On the other hand, if you want to put the radio on, it will be just as simple. All you have to do is say “Alexa, put (station name)” and in a few moments it will start playing the content.
Information about the weather or simple questions
One of the most typical questions that is usually ask Alexa is for the weather / climatology. The assistant will be able to inform us of both the day in question and the entire week or a specific day of the week.
And the best thing is that we can ask him in several different ways and he will understand us all. For example, we can say “Alexa, what is the weather like on the street”, “Alexa, what will the weather be like today”, “Alexa, is it going to rain?” or, of course, “Alexa, what will the weather be this week?” We do not need to say the location as it will detect it automatically.
Of course, if we are curious people, we can also ask Alexa things so that she can give us certain information. An example could be “Alexa, who was Christopher Columbus” or, also “Alexa, how much rice per person?”.
Voice or video calls
For those older people who, for whatever reason, live alone, this action may be a spectacularly good thing. They will only have to say “Alexa, call (name of person on phonebook)” for the wizard to perform this action between Echo devices.
Even if both teams have a camera, this call could be in video. Of course, this section may require some not very complex configuration but, depending on what type of users, it may require some help for the first time it is used.
Best Amazon Echo for Seniors
All these are some of the many functionalities that can be performed through a smart speaker with integrated Alexa. But of course, which of these teams is more suitable for each case?
Below we have listed some of the most interesting Amazon Echo speakers that you can acquire.
If what you are looking for is something simple, basic, the best option is a Amazon Echo Dot. A speaker that integrates Alexa and with which you can do any of the things that we have mentioned before, except videoconference calls.
If you want to know more about it, you can take a look at our video analysis we did on YouTube.
Of course, it is interesting that you know that, although we can ask Alexa the time with our voice, there is a model of the Echo Dot with a clock on your body.
With screen + camera, to see the family
As we mentioned, one of the most striking features that can be done with one of these speakers is video conferencing. But, for this we need our team to have a camera.
There is a model with a tiny screen called Amazon Echo spot, but we think it could be inconvenient for these types of users. Therefore, our recommendation starts from the 5-inch Echo Show. Although you should know that there is another 8-inch model and a 10-inch one.
For the more advanced
Finally, for those older people who like this about technology, there is the Amazon Fire TV Cube.
It is a 2 in 1, with the functionalities of an Amazon Echo as a smart speaker and, in addition, it integrates the possibility of turning any screen into a smart TV like a Fire TV Stick would. To know everything that this device can offer us, we recommend that you take a look at our video analysis.
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