Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Amazon makes the Echo Show more helpful for the blind and visually impaired

With the new Show and Tell feature, blind and visually impaired users can ask Alexa what household pantry items they're holding. Amazon on Monday announced a new feature for the  Echo Show that should make life easier for blind and visually impaired users. With the Show and Tell feature, the smart speaker's camera can recognize household pantry items. Users simply hold the item up to the display screen and ask, "Alexa, what am I holding?"

The feature is now available to Alexa customers in the US on first and second-generation Echo Show devices.  

"We heard that product identification can be a challenge and something customers wanted Alexa's help with," Sarah Caplener, head of Amazon's Alexa for Everyone team, said in a statement. "Whether a customer is sorting through a bag of groceries, or trying to determine what item was left out on the counter, we want to make those moments simpler by helping identify these items and giving customers the information they need in that moment."

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