Care Hub is free and easy to set up, and your relative needs only the Alexa device, and this may be especially useful during the Coronavirus pandemic, when many people are not able to visit their relatives as often as they usually do.
The company said: It has been hearing from customers for years about using Alexa’s voice assistant to monitor elderly relatives, who want to stay at home rather than move to a nursing home.
According to the Consumer Technology Association, the shift has created an assistive technology market worth more than $ 30 billion.
Customers with Alexa voice assistant can link their accounts to the Alexa account of an elderly family member.
If a family member accepts the invitation, the caregiver can send alerts and view the relative’s activity summary.
This is a summary of basic information, such as lights used in the home.
There is also an emergency calling feature, and the elderly person can ask a voice assistant to call for help, so that Alexa then sends an immediate notification to the caregiver.
And if a caregiver sees anything of concern, they can use the Drop In feature – which temporarily uses the Echo device as a two-way intercom – to check.
(Tony Reid) Toni Reid, corporate vice president for Alexa and Echo Devices, said: The caregiver will not need to do anything once this connection is established, can go about their day as normal, and the caregiver gets some peace of mind.
Reid said: The company has been working on the product for about 18 months, but it has gained new importance given that many people cannot see their relatives personally in the shadow of Corona.
The company has beta tested the product with Amazon employees and loved ones in the past few months, before opening it to a wider audience of users.
And Amazon has been researching aging for years, discussing at one point a potential collaboration with the AARP lobbying group that represents the interests of people over the age of 50.