I know that many media folks have stated that the “Drop-in” feature of the Echo Show is “creepy”… Here’s a different perspective.
Mom is now almost 95 and she has short term memory dementia. She’s in great spirits but I really can’t teach her anything technical. She lives near my sister and is 2 hours away so visiting is always a bit of a project.
I thought I’d try setting a Show next to her rocking chair. I can now “Drop-in” on her every day and share some face time with her, visit with her grand daughter, and just make her smile.
The beauty is that there is no interaction needed on her end, the Caregivers and my Mom love this setup.
The fact that I can use my phone from anywhere and actually see and talk to Mom, and show her things is hugely entertaining and comforting for Mom.
Best Echo Show available!
So I say with extreme gratitude, Thank You Amazon for creating an amazingly personally helpful tool for the elderly.
Personally I am enjoying all of the other great features of an Alexa with a screen, using her with my Arlo Cameras, etc. It truly is quite an amazing platform!
In my office I added a small Pioneer bookshelf stereo, I can be listening to Spotify and say “Alexa, connect Bluetooth”, the Pioneer stereo is Bluetooth enabled.
It can be OFF and with that single voice command, the Show will wake up the Pioneer, and begin playing the sound over its speakers with no other intervention from me! This is magical stuff!
The only bug I have at the moment, “Alexa, turn off the screen”, the screen turns off, then immediately turns back on. Tell her again and the screen stays off, pretty consistent bug. Edit- Seems fixed now!
1/06/2018 Still enjoying my Echo Shows very much, I don’t expect this to replace a tablet, it does many things very well. Currently there is one in the Kitchen and it is used by the family to play lots of music.
The best Echo Show yet, especially if you have elderly parents
We are trying Amazon Music and so far it’s pretty sweet as well. “Alexa show me all albums from..”, up comes pictures of all of his 12 or so album covers, touch one and play the album. Alexa, “Connect Bluetooth” and the Show connects to a Bluetooth receiver I have on our whole house stereo.
Alexa controls the Logitech Harmony remote to power up the stereo and now we are hearing music everywhere.
We’ve also added some Ring cameras and doorbell, “Alexa, show me the front door”, now I’m looking out front.
Our doggie monitor shooter, Furbo, “Alexa, ask Furbo to toss a treat” is our dog “Cookie” ‘s favorite skill!
This is a very powerful system. I prefer this Amazon ecosystem for my home music, automation, and general questions etc. As it’s a fairly open system that plays well with 3rd parties when compared to the likes of Apple.