The Wireless RERC is excited to announce that it has teamed up with the Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS) to produce an all-audio set-up guide for users of the Amazon Echo Dot, which GaRRS provides to their listeners. GaRRS is Georgia’s premier provider of information for individuals who have a vision or print disability. Every month, they broadcast and stream hundreds of programs, including local and national newspapers, books, magazines, events, employment opportunities, and shopping ads. GaRRS will distribute our audio guide when sending the Dots to their listeners as well as host the audio guide on their website.
The new guide is meant to be a tutorial for users that are blind or have low vision who want to set up their devices without assistance. The production team has learned, through previous data collected from focus groups, that people with vision disabilities find digital assistants, like the Amazon Echo series of products, to be powerful devices that allow them to control their home environments, listen to news, music, books, or radio broadcasts, like GaRRS, or place orders for things just by using their voice. But they often say that they require additional assistance by someone who is sighted to initially set up the device. Our new audio guide details this set-up process in a step-by-step format:
- First, from what to expect when unboxing the Echo Dot,
- Next, what the functions of the buttons on the top of the Dot do, and finally,
- How to synch the Dot to the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet so you can begin controlling the Dot by your voice.
The Echo Dot audio guide in MP3 format can be listened to and downloaded from our website here: [http://www.wirelessrerc.org/sites/default/files/images/echodotaudioguide.mp3]
Or you can listen on the GaRRS website here: [https://garrs.org/listen/echodot/]
This audio guide complements our three-part series of video tutorials on the Amazon Echo. You can find the videos on our YouTube channel here: [https://www.youtube.com/user/WIrelessRERC]