There are over two million apps for iPhones and iPads in the App Store and the Google Playstore has just as many choices. With millions of apps to choose from how does one find the app best for him or herself? I have narrowed down the choices for you and I am going to share about some essential Apps for elders highlighting Apps for Seniors living alone as well as a memory App.Continue reading “The Best Android, iPad or iPhone Apps for Seniors”
Amazon skills or Google actions. The concept is the same. An Amazon Alexa skill or Google Home Action is simply a capability of the personal digital assistant built into a Smart Speaker. In this article we will consider the user experience for the visually impaired using two of the popular Smart Speakers’ capabilities, Amazon Alexa Skills and Google Actions.Continue reading “Alexa Skills and Google Actions for the Blind and Visually Impaired”
Listening to Music
With the constant changes in technology one thing that has not changed, speakers are used for listening to music.
A smart speaker is basically like the speakers we’ve used all our lives, however what make a smart speaker different is that it has intelligence built-in called a Personal Digital Assistant or PDA for short. A PDA provides voice assistance by responding to voice commands.
In this article, I am going to share the first of five considerations that will help you to choose a new Smart Speaker, or better use a Smart Speaker. you already own.
Playing music is one of the most popular ways people use their Smart Speakers. A Smart Speaker with a Personal Digital Assistant makes it possible and easy for someone to play any song at any time.
Smart Speakers assist Elders in maintaining independence, autonomy and social connections
In my previous blog post titled Smart Speakers and Personal Digital Assistants made SIMPLE I give a brief introduction to the Smart Speaker and begin to talk about the Personal Digital Assistant and uses for a Smart Speaker.
In this blog post I am going to continue share with you some ways Smart Technology can alleviate concerns we all have as we age like maintaining independence and autonomy, social connections and happiness.Continue reading “Independence through dependence on Technology For Elderly And Disabled Persons In Rhode Island”
Smart speakers are helping elders and their families address, and even alleviate their shared concerns.
How does having a Smarter Home help avoid falls?
According to the National Council on Aging Falls Prevention Facts, one in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
Some key ways to prevent falls are increasing physical mobility, improving home and environmental safety with home modifications including smart home technology, and reducing medication impact on falls.
One of the most popular type of Smart Home Devices is a smart speaker.
What makes the speaker smart is a built-in personal digital assistant.
The brain of a personal digital assistant is in the cloud, a term used for a collection of computing devices or servers, that serve information to you on demand.
Personal Digital Assistants
If you have a Smart phone you actually already have a personal digital assistant.
Google Assistant (Android phone) or Siri (iPhone) are the personal digital assistants built into your phone.
Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri
The most popular smart speakers and their built-in digital assistants are Amazon Echo with Alexa, Google Home with Google Assistant and Apple HomePod with Siri.
Facebook came out with its’ own smart speaker with a screen called the Portal. The Portal has an intelligent camera that follows you around as you move about the room during a video chat.