The aim of Alexa Show and Tell lies in helping to solve the long-standing problem of disability accessibility whilst using the internet, or doing their daily routine. A disability is a complex topic but it is something that most people understand. The problem is that it can be very difficult for people with disabilities to interact with the world. There are many accessible websites but for disabled users navigating around them can be extremely difficult.
Accessibility to the web is something that is constantly being worked on by websites. But in everyday life, the progress is much slower. For example, Augmented Human Lab offers a special ring for reading texts on the go. The device is called the Finger reader. Amazon is trying, as well, to improve the situation with the help of their assistant Alexa.
Alexa’s Accessibility: How it Works
To explain what is Alexa show and tell we need to take a step back and think about the idea behind it. This device is designed to aid those who are visually impaired to make it easier for them to face any problems. With the help of this Echo device, users can then ask questions or record themselves speaking in order to gain fuller access to life and the web.
To break it down in simple terms the Alexa Show and Tell device is basically a camera. It plugs into the mains and offers the user a choice of three phrases that can be personalized to make it more user-friendly. The three phrases are activated by pressing the said words and will then be delivered to the user’s device. The question is then answered by the device acting as a virtual computer.
The Alexa show and tell software is not only limited to answering questions and recording yourself but it can also be used to control certain elements on the home screen. There are certain activities on the Alexa show and tell settings that can be controlled by tapping the appropriate phrases which include controlling the brightness of the lights in your home. You can also use the device to change the background on the devices such as televisions, electronic equipment, lamps, and other elements.
The Echo Show and Tell is not limited to the use of controlling the illumination of your screen. It can also be used to control the volume of the audio which is displayed on the screen. The Echo show and tell settings can be accessed with the Tap and Talk feature present in the Amazon Kindle Fire. This means that you simply need to press a button on the touch screen and you will then be able to control what is displayed on the screen. This feature makes it easier for you to control what is displayed on the screen when you are unable to directly see it.
The Alexa device has an inbuilt low vision setting which allows users with low vision to view all the information they want on the screen. The device uses the Amazonvas application which is pre-installed on the Amazon Kindle Fire. This is a great function for users who have limited vision but still need to enjoy using their device because it allows them to read the books that they need to finish reading on their device. The Amazon Kindle Fire’s interface makes it extremely easy for anyone to navigate around and find the setting that best suits their needs.
How to Use Show and Tell
- Hold your item one foot off from your device’s camera.
- Say, “Alexa, what am I holding?” or “Alexa, what is in my hand?”
- When prompted, flip your item around slowly to point out all sides of the thing. Alexa can assist you to position the item with tips and sound.
Amazon gives the user a number of conveniences and functions like the Echo Show and Tell which are accessible through the Amazon apps. The first of which is the Amazon Mobile app which allows you to access the Echo Show and Tell settings from any compatible smartphone or tablet. In addition to this, you will also be able to access the wake word function of your device from any compatible smartphone or tablet.
For those individuals with severe disabilities, Amazon can also provide accessibility to the Via Digital Signage feature which makes it possible for individuals who have difficulty seeing to use their Kindle device. The Via Digital Signage allows users to upload text and image signals as well as video onto the display of their device. This provides them with a much greater ability to control how they wish to use the device not only from a functional standpoint but also visually. In addition to the accessibility to Via Digital Signage, it also provides a great degree of comfort for those individuals who are more visually impaired.