Mainstream, voice-activated devices that link to the internet and can allow you to remotely control a wide variety of tasks and items – including home appliances, such as lighting, heating and music, services such as online shopping, browsing the web and making calls to friends and family.
For people with limited mobility, or who find operating electronic devices challenging, or for people who simply want to take advantage of the connected home, voice controlled assistants and smart speakers represent a potential solution.
Devices such as Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home Assistant are mainstream, voice-activated devices that link to the internet and allow you to remotely control a wide variety of tasks and items using different apps – including home appliances, such as lighting and heating, and services such as online shopping, web browsing, playing music and contacting friends and family. Gaining simple voice-activated control over a wide variety of devices and services has the potential to make a big difference for a person’s overall independence, reducing reliance on third parties, and increasing confidence.
Several options are available. All require a strong internet connection and the ability to be able to speak clearly and consistently, so that the ‘trigger’ word can be recognised by the device.