Alexa senza voce: tap to Alexa
Sebbene Alexa sia un'ottima soluzione per alcune disabilità per altre potrebbe essere inutilizzabile.
Per questa ragione la funzionalità "Tap to Alexa", che permette di interagire con Alexa non solo via voce ma anche via tocco (che potrebbe anche essere attivato senza l'uso delle mani ma ad esempio tramite la vista), inizia ad essere disponibile in molti oggetti Alexa compatibili. Oltre gli Echo Show anche nei tablet Fire.
When Edwin was 19 years old, he had a spinal cord injury that resulted in paralysis from the neck down and the need to use a ventilator. In those early years, the 1980s, Edwin benefited from new power wheelchair technology that allowed him to independently drive his wheelchair using a sip-and-puff straw. However, beyond supporting his mobility, technology largely hadn’t yet evolved to meet his needs, and he heavily relied on family caregivers to assist him.
Now, at 61 years old, Edwin loves using his smart home devices to support his independence. “Memories of the past have faded as voice assistants, the internet, and apps have opened up a world of controlling my home environment and the work that I do today,” said Edwin. Edwin has a speech disability, so he needs to take multiple steps to work around voice assistants not understanding his commands. For example, he uses the Alexa app to control some devices around his home while asking his caregivers to engage with Alexa to manage other tasks. While Alexa has helped improve Edwin’s independence, he wishes using it was simpler for people with speech disabilities.
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, over 2 million people in the U.S. have expressive language disabilities and rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices to generate speech to interact with the world.