Posts Tagged ‘communication’


A new feature of Alexa/echo is the Drop in future. This allows you to turn your echo dot into an intercom for use within the house. You can say “drop in ‘ and talk to others within your house that have an echo dot also connected to the network. In addition, other friends and family can use this single “drop in ‘ feature to call you and check in. You do not need any device other than your voice to answer a call or hang up. The set up was fairly easy. You create a group of allowed users. It is a pleasant surprise to hear your loved ones voice just dropping in to say hello.

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Part of the good, the bad and the ugly of ALS is that the mind is unaffected. Using your mind to control your body without the help of muscles is a big dilemma. Thoughts of helplessness can increase stress which is picked up by the heart and results in increasing heart-rate, blood pressure and body temperature. It becomes a vicious cycle.

If you still have control of speech, the “hey Siri” function of an iPhone or iPad is a lifesaver. My husband mounted an old iPad near the bed so that I can call out in an emergency and get help from anyone on my list of contacts. This does not require a Sim card or a cellular service plan. It does require access to the Internet. Calls can be made through FaceTime audio as one example or text-type messages sent via the message function. 
* “Hey Siri” is supported on iPhone SE, iPhone 6s or later, and iPad Pro (9.7-inch) without being plugged into power. “Hey Siri” is supported on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS 8 or later while plugged in. Not supported on first-generation iPad, iPad 2, and first-generation iPad mini.

Siri is available on iPhone 4s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad (3rd generation) or later, iPad mini or later, and iPod touch (5th generation or later) and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.

Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas.