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Gestures and text-to-speech features come to Alexa as accessibility options: what they are and how to activate them

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In order to make the Alexa assistant more accessible, Amazon has introduced new options that allow you to use the intelligent voice assistant without the need to speak. In this way, through its official blog, it has announced the arrival of gestures to its Echo Show devices, as well as a text-to-speech function to interact with the assistant for those users with difficulties using their voice.

These new options reflect the company’s commitment to making its devices usable by many more people. They arrive after the addition of ‘Tap to Alexa’ to Fire tablets, allowing you to interact with the assistant without the need to speak.

The Echo Show now become more accessible to the user

On the one hand, Amazon introduces gestures to its Echo Show. These can come in very handy, for example, when we are cooking, and we want to stop the timer quickly. Just raise your hand and show your palm to the Echo Show camera to interact with the wizard.

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This feature is now available for the second generation Echo Show 8 and the third generation Echo Show 10. Another scenario in which this function can be useful, and which Amazon mentions in its blog, is when the user is cooking while listening to his favorite songs. Thus, stopping the timer with the palm of your hand will not interrupt playback.

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This is the only “gesture” at the moment, although the fact that the option in settings is called “gestures” may mean that Amazon has more plans in this regard. To activate it, we must go to the configuration section and select the option “Device Settings”.

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As for the text-to-speech function, it is added to the ‘Tap to Alexa’ option, being able to interact with the Alexa assistant just by touching it. By configuring text-to-speech using this feature, users can get an on-screen keyboard just by touching the device to interact with the assistant quickly and conveniently.

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Commands can also be configured as icons on the home screen, customizing their size and color. The idea is that this function allows users with speaking difficulties to interact with the assistant.

Finally, Alexa introduces the possibility of add subtitles to several of the functions of this wizard through compatible Echo Show devices. In this way, in case you receive a call, or want to understand Alexa’s responses, subtitles will appear on the screen so that those with hearing problems can interact with the assistant without problems. This option is available through the ‘Settings’ menu, and by clicking on Accessibility > Subtitles

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With this pack of “smart” bulbs with Alexa you can decorate your home and create different environments (and on top of that, at half the price with a coupon)

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If you have a house with an integrated home automation system, this Aigostar smart bulb pack It will give a warm touch to your home very interesting. Also, you can get it for half price at Amazon with a couponwhich is applied before purchase, for 17.99 euros.

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Aigostar Edison Alexa LED Bulbs E14 Smart Bulbs 4.5W 470LM WIFI Vintage Bulb C35 Dimmable Filament Bulbs 2700K-6500K, compatible with Alexa/Google Home. transparent 4 pack

Being able to control when to turn the lights on and off in your home makes life and your electricity bill much easier, since you can schedule a time according to your needs. In this case, this pack of four “Smart” LED bulbs have a 4.5W voltage and its color intensity is adjustable, from 2,700 K to 6,500 K.

They work with 2.4GHz Wi-Fiand are compatible with both Alexa as with Google Assistant. In addition, you can adjust all the parameters through the mobile app.

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Cleaning robots have been on the market for some time and are one of the great allies in our day to day to keep the house spotless. Also, Xiaomi has a wide catalogue, and within all of them the Vacuum Mop P It is a great value for money option. Now you can find it at Amazon with a saving of more than 155 euros, so that you can buy it for 194.97 euros, compared to 349.99 euros at its previous price.

Xiaomi Robot Vacuum Mop P - Robot Vacuum Cleaner and floor cleaner with Intelligent Laser Navigation System (LDS), 2100 Pa suction, mopping system, 3200 mAh, Mi Home App

Xiaomi Robot Vacuum Mop P – Robot Vacuum Cleaner and floor cleaner with Intelligent Laser Navigation System (LDS), 2100 Pa suction, mopping system, 3200 mAh, Mi Home App

A Xiaomi robot vacuum cleaner that vacuums, scrubs and is controlled from the mobile

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This Xiaomi robot vacuum cleaner not only aspire the dirt on the floor, too scrub thanks to the integrated water tank. It has a suction power of 2100 Pa and a water tank with a capacity of about 550 ml.

An interesting feature is that it is equipped with LDS laser, which allows the use of a navigation system with 12 precision sensors. In addition, it is capable of detecting the room to which it is going.

It can control with mobile through the Mi Home app, so you can manage the device even from outside the home. It also has a long-lasting charge, since it can continuously clean up to 180 m2 with one 110 minute battery life.

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Away with smoke and works with this bioethanol stove from Leroy Merlin that is reduced to half the price. And forget about the cold!

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If you do not want to heat your entire house with the heating system that you use on a daily basis, because you want to save on the electricity bill, a good solution is to have a bioethanol stove and heat the room where you are. leroy merlin It has this 2.5 kW TANTALO stove model that is now at half price at 489 euros, compared to 1,051 euros for its previous price.

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This TANTALO model bioethanol stove has a 2.5 kW power and it has a 1.5-litre capacity tank, ideal for heating a medium-sized room. In addition, it has a flame regulator and a autonomy of 3.5 hours.

These types of stoves are not the most suitable for heating an entire house, but they can be used to heat any room you want and, in this way, you can save on heating and electricity.

In addition, this stove has a modern design and is very decorative, so you can place it wherever you want, although it is not recommended to use it while you sleep. On the other hand, his fuel is ecologicalso it does not produce pollution, and its measurements are: 76 x 70 x 26 cm.

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