Tuesday, September 27, 2016

States Look To Help Aging Parents Of Those With Disabilities

With an increasing number of aging parents still caring for their adult children with developmental disabilities, some states are taking steps to ease their burden. Read More >

Monday, September 26, 2016

Amazon Echo


In this blog series, we will explore the new AT star, Amazon Echo. It was released November of 2014 with huge assistive technology (AT) promise. Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker users control with their voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more. In the blog Amazon Echo Part 1: a consumer product with huge assistive technology potential, we discussed the device’s out of the box potential.

In this blog you will learn how Echo and IFTTT work together to make a powerful team. For those not familiar with IFTTT, it stands for If This Then That. It’s an incredible service that connects elements of your virtual and physical world to one other. Think of it like a train station where your favorite websites and tech devices connect with one another and exchange information to make life easier. There is a term for this ever growing intersect of technology and it is called the Internet of Things (IoT).  It is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items – embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data. 
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