Smart Devices to help you Age in Place
All Full Circle America member homes are equipped with Amazon Shows and Dots.
What is a Smart Device?
Smart devices are interactive electronic gadgets that understand simple commands sent by users and help in daily activities. Some of the most commonly used smart devices are smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, smart appliances and other household electronics.
Who is ALEXA?
Many companies have created Robotic personalities for their Smart Devices. Apple uses Seri, Windows uses Cortana, and Amazon created Alexa.
Alexa is a virtual assistant who lives inside Echo devices.
She can follow many basic commands in order to help you throughout the day. Below is a small list of just a few of the things she can do:
- Set reminders for medication
- Call a friend or doctor hands-free
- Turn lights on or off
- Lock your front door
- Find your keys
- Play music of your choice
- Play games to keep your mind active
- Tell you the weather forecast
- Tell you the news- from your choice source.
You need a ‘Brain’ for your smart device!
We use Amazon Echo for this, but there are many types of Echo Devices.
We recommend at least one of the following:
Amazon Echo Dot
A small Echo device, complete with Alexa.
Amazon Echo Spot
A small Echo device, complete with Alexa and video screen/camera.
Amazon Echo Show
A large Echo device, complete with Alexa and video screen/camera. Large speaker as well.
Next, you will need a few gadgets for Alexa to control!
We have listed a few below to help you decide what might be a good fit.
A small keychain that can help you find your phone or keys. Just ask Alexa!
A lightbulb to replace your regular light. Alexa can turn it on or off, and it can be set to change colours to remind you when you need to do something!
An electrical outlet that works with Alexa. Use it to turn anything into a smart device!