That is a term that is becoming vogue in the world of Assistive Technology. Devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home are making mainstream devices Assistive Technology especially for the blind and those with Parkinson’s Disease. Stoke sufferers can also benefit. So what is it these devices can do?

Voice control of your TV

Combine Google Home with a Chromecast and you can say ” Play Pine Gap on Netflex “and it automatically goes to the last episode you were watching and resume it at the place you were watching. All without the use of your hands. Blind people can have audio description switched on and it will provide a description of what is going on the screen when there is no dialogue.

Amazon Echo and the Amazon Fire Stick TV will enable you to control your tv using your voice. You can voice activate your programmes but you do need to press the remote or activate your amazon echo to accept voice control on the fire stick. You can also have some menu navigation spoken and some text enlargement via a magnifyer facility.

Voice control your music and audiobooks

You can also control your music and audiobooks using your voice enabling you to access your entire library of music and audiobooks. You can connect to Kindle or Audible and pick up where you left of in listen to your books.

Voice control of your life

You can set reminders, access your calendar, add appointments, make changes.

Voice control your phone

On Google you can via your contacts list on Google make landline and mobile phones calls using your voice. Amazon uses an app to connect fellow users on the system. Amazon customers will have to wait longer for the Connect to become available to do what Google is able for you to do.

Voice control of skills

Amazon have a shed load of skills for you use with your Echo. From quizzes to murder mysteries there is a range of different activites. Like playing Pointless you can do on a daily basis. Google aren’t so easy to see what the range of skills that you can do.

Voice control of emails

No. Both Google and Amazon don’t send emails. Siri does this better at the moment. Which is strange as Google Assistant app on your smart phone can send emails!

Voice control of facts, news and information

You can find out where the nearest restaurant is. You can access the latest news  directly from a source eg BBC News. You can also questions and see if the information is found. Doesn’t always pick up the facts but you need to consider a different set of words to search with. Sometimes that works

So these are the uses people with disabilities can access with these devices. And at low cost too! It’s affordable mainstream assistive technology.