Amazon Alexa launches ‘Call RNIB helpline’ to make information more accessible

Amazon Alexa launches ‘Call RNIB helpline’ to make information more accessible

Dr. Amit Patel, a disability rights advocate, and motivational speaker using the new Amazon Alexa feature today, Amazon is introducing the Call RNIB helpline Alexa ability, which is among the current Alexa functions following on from a cooperation with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

The helpline is likewise able to offer callers useful assistance around accessing info, adapting your house, and getting around within your community.

The RNIB helpline helps people with sight loss and those who support them, with a variety of services. This consists of guidance on issues like innovation, work and education, and assistance to adjust to life with sight loss by way of peer assistance and counseling services.

Users who need the service just require to say “Alexa, call RNIB helpline”. The helpline opening hours are Monday– Friday 8 am-8 pm; Saturday 9 am– 1 pm. Between these hours, an RNIB consultant addresses the person’s call and offers support to those who need it.

” Having Alexa in the house enables me to go about my day without facing as many barriers as I usually do,” included Dr. Amit Patel, a disability rights campaigner, and inspirational speaker. “The Accessibility Hub hosts information on a variety of functions on Alexa such as Show & & Tell and the new RNIB Helpline service which let me live more independently. I can control my house, connect with loves ones, and recognize tough to identify items all through my Echo device utilizing my voice.”

The feature follows on from the recent launch of the Accessibility Hub, describing the numerous ways clever house devices and virtual assistants can manage their homes, from switching on kettles and lights to recognizing shop cupboard ingredients for increased self-reliance.

” This is the next action in our partnership with the RNIB, as part of our ongoing commitment to developing Alexas ease of access functions,” stated Dennis Stansbury, Alexas UK country manager. “The new Alexa Call RNIB Helpline calling feature is another excellent way of assisting our blind and partially spotted consumers to feel more independent and connected by just utilizing voice commands.”

In addition to the “Call RNIB Helpline” function, owners of an Echo device likewise have access to the below functions via the Accessibility Hub:

Program & Tell

Dr. Amit Patel using the Show and Tell feature late in 2015, Amazon introduced Show & & Tell in the UK, permitting Echo users with a screen to hold typical family things approximately the cam and ask “Alexa, what am I holding” to identify the products that are hard to recognize by touches alone, such as tins and cleansing items.

Alexas VoiceView function is a screen reader for Echo gadgets with a screen. When allowed, VoiceView lets individuals use gestures to browse the device while VoiceView describes the actions they carry out on screen.

Screen Magnifier The Screen Magnifier feature enables individuals with low vision to zoom in/out and pan to expand products on the screen for improved presence, this implies Echo users with a screen can still utilize functions such as cook-along.

Fire TELEVISION Text Banner Amazon introduced the Text Banner for Fire TV in 2015: a new assistive technology created for users with a narrow field of vision, consisting of eye conditions like macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosa. Text Banner consolidates onscreen text into a compact, written banner that appears in a repaired location on the screen.

Consumers in the UK can ask Alexa to speak slower or speak quicker, enabling Alexa to adjust to a diverse set of consumer requirements. Those who are aesthetically impaired, and use text to speech on their innovation, can request that Alexa speaks faster, imitating the speed they are used to on other technology gadgets.

Users who require the service merely require to say “Alexa, call RNIB helpline”.” Having Alexa in the home enables me to go about my day without dealing with as many of barriers as I typically do,” added Dr. Amit Patel, a special needs rights advocate and motivational speaker. Consumers in the UK can ask Alexa to speak slower or speak faster, making it possible for Alexa to adjust to a varied set of client requirements. Those who are aesthetically impaired, and use text to speech on their innovation, can ask for that Alexa speaks quicker, mimicking the speed they are utilized to on other technology devices. Alexas VoiceView feature is a screen reader for Echo gadgets with a screen.

Alexa app theming The Alexa app has recently been updated to include light and dark modes and text scaling for improved ease of access. The brand-new update will enable users to have actually increased readability and offer color contrast in different light environments for those that fight with high-light or low situations.