Care Tech – Improving Independence

Improving Independence

Echo Show (link to purchase)

Link to instructional video (follow up)

8″ HD screen device with available widgets, apps, voice activation, video calls and smart tech control for the whole house and family Drop-in and calls to other echo devices available Disconnect microphone and camera easily for privacy Plug-in device – does not run via battery Price: starting around £70 (Nov 2022)

Switchbot Curtains

Link to instructional video

Open and close curtains with voice or through the app!

  • Requires Switchbot hub (£35) to work with Alexa, easy to install, long battery life.
  • Make sure to check compatibility with curtain rail, most options are available.

Price: around £85

Smart Bulb

Link to instructional video

Voice or app activated lights to set up around the home. Can reduce the risk of falls for those with mobility issues.

  • Warm light and changeable colour, LED and dimmable
  • Many brands to choose from
  • Energy-saving

Smart Plug

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A plug to manage devices across the home without having to reach them.

  • Any socket – remote access or voice control
  • Easy to install
  • Works with Apple Homekit/Alexa/Hey Google

Price: sta=rts at £16-£20

Echo Dot (link to purchase)

Link to instructional video

Device links up to other Echo and Alexa devices to improve Smart home technology Can call or drop in on other Echo devices Useful for radio, music and audiobooks Classic features such as alarms, reminders, weather checks and news updates.

Prices start around £50

Smart Thermostat

Link to instructional video

Able to control your heating through a smartphone or smart speaker.

Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant so you can control it with your voice. Normally requires a qualified electrician to install.

Price: £58.99