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Podcast #788: Smart Home Tech and Hulu TV

We discuss a couple interesting takes on how to use smart home technology to enable those who may not otherwise want to jump into something so “techie.” Voice control alone could be huge for many as they age or those with serious injuries or disabilities.

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Persuading your older parents to take the smart home leap

Interesting take on how to use smart home technology to enable those who may not otherwise want to jump into something so “techie.” Voice control alone could be huge for many as they age or those with serious injuries or disabilities. The following quote from the article sets the stage quite well.

“First, Sophie Godek tried to read books with a magnifying glass. Then, she turned to a tablet to make the words on her e-books larger. Eventually, she couldn't even see that. The 95-year-old was losing her sight, and with it, one of her favorite hobbies. "She wasn't able to read anymore, and that was a big loss," said her son Jim Godek.

Last year, the younger Godek had an idea: What if he could get his mom a device that could read books to her without the need to navigate a control screen that she had a hard time seeing?

That device turned out to be the Amazon Echo, an internet-connected smart speaker that responds to voice commands. Jim Godek figured that he could buy his mother audiobooks from Audible, then teach her to use voice prompts to have the Echo play the audiobook.

At first, Sophie Godek was a little wary… Eventually, she agreed to try it. It's been nearly a year, and she's listened to 178 books.

 

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This is a cool tie in to the above. Not just the elderly can benefit from modern advances in smart home controls and automation.

 

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