Introducing Apple’s HomePod

After Amazon Echo’s raging success over the past few years, many tech companies are creating their very own smart speaker home assistants.  Google’s version of the home assistant was introduced near the end of last year.  Now, Apple has finally introduced their own smart speaker: the HomePod. Apple describes their new product as follows: HomePod is […]

Monday Tech Tip: Using Amazon Echo with an Augmentative Communication Device

Craig Burns, Assistive Technology Specialist at Easterseals Crossroads shows us how to operate an Amazon Echo using an Augmentative Communication App called Verbally. Check it out here:

5 Ways to Utilize Your Amazon Echo

Over the past couple of years, I’ve briefly covered the Amazon Echo.  In sum, the Amazon Echo (aka “Alexa”) is a hands-free personal assistant.  When I first wrote about the Echo, I had very limited knowledge on how it could really benefit individuals with special needs.  I have only recently discovered some cool features and tricks which […]

Google Home: Smart Speaker and Home Assistant

One of the more popular assistive technologies to recently hit the market over the past couple of years is Amazon Echo.  Since Alexa’s successful debut in 2014, Amazon has gone on to release two more versions of Alexa: the Tap and Dot.  Most recently, another tech giant Google has released Google Home, their own smart speaker and […]

Introducing Amazon Tap and Echo Dot

Over a year ago, I wrote about Amazon Echo, a virtual assistant by Amazon that you simply place in your home.  To wake Echo, you simply say “Alexa” and the virtual assistant will provide you with music, news, weather, alarms, timers, to-do lists, and more.  More recently, Amazon has introduced two new members to their […]

Introducing Amazon Echo

Throughout the past couple of years, speaking to Siri and other virtual assistants have become quite the “norm.”  After all, virtual assistants generally do the work for us; all we have to do is ask a question and they’ll provide the answer.  For example, if I ask, “Will it rain tomorrow?” the virtual assistant may respond with, “There is an 80% chance […]