Smart Home devices or Assistive devices are those that act to commands, like commands given to an Amazon Echo Device. Smart Home Devices let the persons with impaired movements, control their household appliances.
- Checking the weather forecast and staying with the updated news.
- Ordering online household essentials.
- Managing lists.
- Setting alarms.
- Setting timers.
- Making phone calls.
Are a few acts a person can do with this Assistive Technology.
Alexa and Google Home for Impaired Mobility Assistance.
Amazon Echo and Alexa:
Amazon has made their way into Smart Home Connectivity, with their (AI) artificial Intelligence powered voice assistant ‘Alexa’ and their Echo listening device. The Echo device transmits the user’s commands to the user’s smart home appliances, letting users to activate appliances, turn on/off from lights to their computers.
Tecla enhanced Alexa for Quadriplegic Users:
The Tecla-E from Tecla is a software app which grants the user the accessibility of this software on mobile phones and computers. This Assistive technology lets the user operate their computers, tablets and mobile phones using their own voice.
Tecla for Speech Impaired Users:
With an eye to an improved vision to help the much injured/disabled persons or if a person is willing to work silently without bothering the persons around. Tecla-E is also great functioning with simple movement devices, even with blowing air to function computers and mobile devices. Like,
- Micro light switches,
- Sip and puff,
- Buddy buttons,
- Chin switches
Google Smart Home Assistive Technology:
While Amazon is the leading smart home technology, Google Home offers almost the same features which are being adapted by many disabled or seriously injured persons. Google Nest Thermostat, which is a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat is the most popular thermostat being used by many individuals. The same appliances that Amazon Echo and Alexa control, can equally be controlled by Google Nest Audio receptor by accepting the user’s voice. For example, a Google Home Device can be connected to smart light bulbs, to turn on/off through voice command. Google devices help the needy persons to access the internet to gather useful information. Can ask the smart speaker on the nearest wheelchair accessible pharmacy, can know if the nearby restaurant is working or not and even can place an order or do it online. Google’s Audio “smart speaker” will help to call for help or contact the person’s care givers in an emergency with no need of a smartphone.
Note: A non-interrupted Wi-Fi connection and power supply are a must for the proper functioning of all these Assistive solution devices on time. Make sure an Assistive Technology Specialist installs the device ensuring the person’s exact needs.
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