Senior living communities that are using—or considering—Echo devices now have access to new capabilities. Amazon will begin shipping new Echo devices and new Alexa features this month, McKnight’s Senior Living reported.
Some senior living communities are already using earlier versions of these new solutions. For example, LeadingAge Service Provider Front Porch has been testing Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, via Echo. Wireless nurse call systems from CAST Business Associate RCare are Alexa-enabled.
These all-new options are on McKnight’s list:

  • Echo Dot, with a new speaker that Amazon said delivers louder, crisper sound.
  • Echo Plus with an upgraded speaker, for setting up compatible devices.
  • Echo Show with an upgraded speaker, 10-inch HD screen and a built-in “smart home” hub. 

These new devices were also announced:

  • Echo Wall Clock that connects to an Echo device to visually show timers, alarms, and reminders set via Alexa.
  • Echo Input, which lets users add Alexa to an existing speaker.
  • AmazonBasics Microwave, which can be controlled by an Echo.
  • Amazon Smart Plug to allow voice command or automated routines for lights, fans, coffee makers, and more.