Amazon Echo and Echo products

Amazon Echo ...lots of fun

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  • Echo Dot is one of the most popular voice-controlled speakers, now with improved sound and a new design compared to the previous-generation Echo Dot.
  • Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more.
  • Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, TuneIn and others through the improved speaker for richer and louder sound.
  • Call almost anyone hands-free including UK mobile and residential numbers (from UK only), other Echo devices, Alexa app and Skype. Link your Vodafone account to make and receive mobile calls. Instantly drop in on other rooms in your home or make an announcement to every room with a compatible Echo device.

Echo Show 5.5 inch screen

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  • Alexa can show you more - Compact 5.5" smart display ready to help manage your day, entertain at a glance, and connect you to friends and family.
  • Made to fit your life - Follow step-by-step recipes. Easily update to-do lists and calendars. Glance at weather and traffic on your way out.
  • Big entertainment - Ask Alexa to show you film trailers or the news. Listen to radio stations, podcasts and audiobooks.
  • Control your smart home - Voice control compatible devices, or manage them, on the easy-to-use display. Ask Alexa to show you security cameras, control lights and adjust thermostats.
  • Connect with video calling and messaging - Call almost anyone hands-free including UK mobile and residential numbers (from UK only), other Echo devices and Skype. Link your Vodafone account to make and receive mobile calls. Make video calls to other Echo devices with a screen, the Alexa app or Skype. Instantly drop in on other rooms in your home or make an announcement to every room with a compatible Echo device.

Echo show 10 inch screen

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  • New speakers with improved sound, a new 10" HD screen and simple smart home setup-plus a new fabric design.
  • Ask Alexa to see lyrics and album art with Amazon Music. Stream content from Apple Music, Spotify and Audible with powerful stereo sound.
  • Watch films and TV shows from Prime Video, or the news.
  • Call almost anyone hands-free including UK mobile and residential numbers (from UK only), other Echo devices and Skype. Link your Vodafone account to make and receive mobile calls. Make video calls to other Echo devices with a screen, the Alexa app or Skype. Instantly drop in on other rooms in your home or make an announcement to every room with a compatible Echo device.
  • Your new kitchen companion-watch recipes, set timers and add items to your shopping list.
  • Set up compatible Zigbee devices without the need for a separate hub. See your front-door camera stream with 2-way audio and notifications.
  • Echo Show is optimized for visibility across the room and can hear you even while music is playing. You can press the 'microphone/camera off' button to electronically disconnect the microphones and camera.
  • With tens of thousands of skills and counting, Alexa is always getting smarter. Skills are like apps and let you do more with Alexa.

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Have fun with Alexa and enhance your carer role.

Using Alexa to connect and control your Home smart Tech.

 Ok so you have become the proud owner of a Amazon Echo and I am sure you will have had fun asking her all sorts of questions, got her to play your favourite tunes and tell you the weather etc, however she can do so much more:-

The Echo smart speakers are known as a gateway device ,they act as the key to unlocking the control of your smart home. Here is a little list of just some of the smart tech you can pair up with your echo device:-

1. The best selling product is Smart Bulbs

2. The next best selling product is the Smart Plugs

3. Another major seller is the Smart Hub

4. A Smart Thermostat features on alot of people wishlists

5. Why not use Alexa to keep track of people at your door  and your home security and cameras.


The golden rule to remember is to rename your device in the Alexa app, name each device in the Alexa app individually and use easy to remember names try to  keep it logical , lounge light, wall light , hall light etc

It's best to avoid clashes in Alexa  devices. for example having a “lounge” smart speaker and “lounge lamp” can cause confusion with Alexa, so try and keep things separate.


  • To rename head to the Alexa app then select Devices tab at the bottom. 
  • Choose the type of product from this screen, which makes it easier to find the exact device.
  •  Tap on a device then choose the  Settings cog in the top-right corner and tap Edit Name.



Alexa and your caring role.

 Alexa is a huge gift for people whose life involves caring for a elderley, infimr or unwell family member, but the biggest help comes when caring for people with dementia , especially in those early years.

Alexa can be setup to help in mnay ways for example


  • Alarm clock, and you can set up a repeat reminder.
  • Pet feeding reminder
  • Appointmnet reminders
  • Play a radio channel at as set time so your cared for persom never foreget  thier favourite programme.
  • Medication reminders
  • Play soft calming music when 'sundowning' starts

This is not a exhaustive list, only you know what things your cared for person needs to remember . 

Learning to use Alexa in the early stages will set you up for a assistive technology carer led future.  


ask alexa .......

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THINGS TO TRY

  • “Alexa, what’s on TV tonight?”
  • “Alexa, set a weekday alarm for 7 a.m.”
  • “Alexa, give me a dog training tip.”
  • “Alexa, play Gold Radio.”
  • “Alexa, how did you get your name?”
  • “Alexa, play the Classic Indie Road Trip playlist from Amazon Music."
    Some songs contain explicit lyrics. To block them, just say, “Alexa, block explicit lyrics”. Learn more.
  • “Alexa, open Guess My Name.”
  • “Alexa, how can I help protect hedgehogs?”
  • “Alexa, tell me a lightning fact.”
  • “Alexa, what's black and white and red all over?”
  • “Alexa, turn on the lights."
    Add your Echo device to a smart home Group with other smart devices (e.g. your bedroom lights) so that Alexa only turns on or off the lights in the group where your Echo device is located. Learn more.
  • “Alexa, tell me about a famous pen name.”
  • “Alexa, what’s your favourite food?”
  • “Alexa, play ambient sounds.”
  • “Alexa, what does the fox say?”
  • “Alexa, open Hypno Therapist."
    Experience 40-minute sessions to relax, sleep well and feel better about yourself. This skill allows in-skill purchases.

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