Spreading Holiday Cheer with Assistive Technology

Don’t worry, we’ve all found ourselves squeezing through crowds or running into internet traffic while shopping for gifts at the last minute. Have no fear; we have some late holiday gift ideas here for those loved ones who may need assistive technology. “While these items certainly are convenient for able-bodied people, they can be vital […]

AM297 – GE Smart Countertop Microwave Oven

Podcast: Play in new window | Download297-9-28-18 GE Smart Countertop Microwave Oven Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs! By now I’m sure you’re at least a little familiar with Alexa, the […]

Monday Tech Tip: Amazon Fire TV Stick (Activating your TV by voice commands)

Brian Norton, Director of Assistive Technology, at Easterseals Crossroads shows us how to control a television with voice commands using the Amazon Fire Stick and Amazon Echo. Check it out here:    

Gaining Independence through the Internet of Things

INDATA specializes in connecting people with disabilities to assistive technology that can improve their lifestyle and increase their independence. Next week’s free, full-day training session on Friday, August 31 will go one step further by showing how this technology can connect to the world around them. The upcoming training session will introduce attendees to the […]

3 Amazon Echo Devices

There’s so much going on at Amazon it’s hard to keep up with it all.  From Alexa devices to products shipping instantly on Prime Now, there’s something for everyone.  A few years ago, Amazon introduced the Amazon Echo.  Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you can control using your voice.  It connects to the Alexa Voice […]

How to use Drop In with your Amazon Echo speakers

On Tuesday, I discussed how Echo users are able to make calls to other Echo users.  Amazon also released another feature that piggybacks on voice calling called Drop In. The Drop In feature is very similar to Alexa-to-Alexa Calling.  However, it is slightly different than voice calling in that it allows users to drop in whenever.  When using […]