New owners of Amazon’s series of Echo devices with vision disabilities now have a step-by-step video guide they can reference to set up their Echos without sighted assistance. This new three-part series of videos was produced by the Wireless RERC’s consumer outreach team. The videos provide a thorough tutorial on the set-up and overall operation of the Amazon Echo.
- Part 1 – Guides the user through unboxing the Echo powering it up.
- Part 2 - Educates the viewer on what the four top buttons do.
- Part 3 - Shows what to expect when synching the Alexa app and your new Echo.
While the videos are mainly geared towards users with vision disabilities, the videos also feature open captions and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation to aid our viewers with hearing loss or use ASL as their primary form of communication. These videos were produced in response to data we received from focus groups we conducted regarding smart home virtual intelligent assistants. Participants who are blind or have low-vision particularly pointed out their need for sighted assistance in the initial set-up of these smart home devices, like the Echo or Google Home. They wanted to be able to set up the device independently.
You can view each of the videos at the links provided below:
- Part 1 - Out of the Box and Onto the Table- A Step-By-Step Guide to Unboxing and Powering On your Amazon Echo for People with Vision Disabilities. [https://youtu.be/6IzUPH6T3gk]
- Part 2 - Buttons at 12, 3, 6 and 9 O’clock–A Tutorial on the Location and Operation of Buttons on the Amazon Echo for People with Vision Disabilities. [https://youtu.be/5UsbI6PvAcU]
- Part 3 - Part 3: Synching your Echo to the Alexa App - A Tutorial on how to Set Up your Echo for People with Vision Disabilities. [Link]
A link to transcripts for all three of the videos can be found here: http://www.wirelessrerc.gatech.edu/scripts-accessible-out-box-and-set-experience-amazon-echo-people-vision-disabilities
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