You can also use the Amazon Fire TV Cube to project an Alexa Call onto a big screen TV.
Alexa Routines are small pieces of software that you can easily create, and which can make an Echo active rather than passive.
In other words, instead of requiring your parent to initiate an interaction with Alexa, you can automatically trigger an interaction in response to some predetermined stimulus — for example, a motion, a time of day, or a spoken phrase of your choice.
I found I needed different solutions, depending on exactly what problem the older adult in question had.
Below, I describe three solutions — starting with a simple voice command to set the TV to a specific program; and escalating to special pre-programmed buttons that can be positioned near the TV and which, when pressed, automatically start the desired program.
Enabling Alexa Calling on his Fire TV cube will pause his TV show.
Here are two solutions (plus detailed “how to” instructions).
- The basic version uses an Amazon Echo Show with Ring doorbell, so that when the doorbell rings, your loved one can ask Alexa to view the camera.
- The second solution offers a personalized audible warning to check the screen below, before opening the door. It does this by triggering an “Alexa Routine.”