Questa la testimonianza di Eric (quadriplegic) così come la riporta Amazon
When I first got out of the hospital in 1998, my only options for assistive technology were an early service that used my breath to activate technology or very rudimentary prototypes of what would one day become technology like smart plugs. But they weren’t covered by my insurance, so they were expensive. In addition, they weren’t readily available for the average consumer—you needed a referral from your doctor to be able to purchase them. When I found Alexa, I realized how a smart device could be a total game changer for people like me. That was when I bought my first Echo Dot.
These days, I have Echo devices all over my house, and it’s been a total change for my independence. The thing I love most is how Alexa is compatible with other products on the market. I love searching on Amazon and filtering by products that are compatible with Alexa—there are so many. I have a ceiling fan that I can turn on and off while I’m lying in bed, and I can turn the lights on and off. I listen to audiobooks, I can choose my own music, and now that I have Ring cameras, I can also answer the front door and check who is there, which is just another layer of security and independence for me. I can even place products in my shopping cart on Prime and can order by using my voice.
Alexa allows me to control my own environment—it gives me more freedom, more independence, and overall, a better quality of life. And I can do it on my terms—I don’t have to wait for someone to help me. I can do what I want, when I want. With Alexa, I can do things that people might think I couldn’t do—I really love asking Alexa to turn on the coffee maker, so I can offer people a cup of coffee when they come to visit. It always surprises people that I’m able to make coffee like that.
Something I’m really passionate about is mentoring and supporting others who might be returning home from rehab—and trying to figure out how to make their lives more accessible. There’s so much information out there, and I really believe that Echo devices can be a great help to others with disabilities.