The devices can significantly improve quality of life for people with little or no mobility due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis or motor neurone disease. It is possible to link Alexa voice-controlled devices to other gadgets in the house, such as Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, so that users are able to operate the television without having to manipulate a physical device.
On a fundamental level, the voice-activated nature of smart speakers means that they’re constantly accessible and easy to use. Simply saying “Alexa” when within earshot of the device will initiate an immediate response, at which point you can ask questions, call for assistance or contact a loved one. So, if an elderly user experiences a fall, they’ll still be able to activate their smart speaker and alert the necessary authorities. This creates a significantly safer living environment for your loved ones, while also delaying the need for some to move into an assisted living facility.[/vc_column_text]
Graham Allen, the county’s director of adult social care, said at the Share Digital conference that the council is trialling Amazon Echo devices in the sector. The Department of Health last year funded the council to carry out a proof of concept for the project.
Smart speakers can help to alleviate these issues, however, by introducing order into the lives of the elderly and enabling users to complete a wider range of tasks independently. From organising shopping lists and controlling your home’s heating system to providing accurate and real-time public transport information, devices such as Alexa provide an on-demand service that enhances the quality and the depth of your everyday life.[/vc_column_text]