Skip to main content

The Advantages of Echo Show

     The advantages of Echo Show are so numerous you will never know how you have lived without it.  You may not know what it is because it hasn't hit the market yet.  Slated to be released on June 28th, but you can preorder now before they are sold out.  If you have an Echo, Echo dot, or even a Google home then you know how convenient they are for doing just about everything from setting an alarm to listening to music. Let's not forget about Siri for apple products and Cortana for MicroSoft products.  Furthermore, if you use messenger or face time to make video calls, you know that app and feature is pretty handy.  Well marry the two ideas and the advantages of the Echo Show brings all these options together with simple voice commands without pulling out your device.

     So let's get started.  Echo and are you familiar with it's many features.  I got one for Christmas when they were on sale.  The Echo dot.  I have experimented with it and I love it.  So far my favorite part of having it has been setting an alarm after I lay down.  Mine is located in my bedroom as I am away from home working for the time being.  So I just say Alexa, her light comes on so I know she is listening, and I say set alarm for 6:30 am.  She says, alarm set for 6:30 am.  That reassures me she has the right time.  Then I tell her to play Thundering Rainstorm and she will find it and I can listen to the rain put me to sleep.  When it's time to wake, I can tell her to let me snooze for 15 more minutes, or ask her for the weather and news.  I can have her turn the lights on or off the heat up or down, and I can even get her to order me a driver to work.  So simple you will use her all day long.  I can even use her to make phone calls with anyone with an echo device or just the app.  For a list of Alexa's many skill go here.  More skills are added everyday.

     Many of you know how convenient Facebook messenger has become for our survival.  Many do not realize that you can hit the video icon and see each other while you talk.  Just like Skype without the technical pain.  This is great if you are away from family to share holidays and be a part of the experience.  Also messenger and face time allows you to make a phone call if your cellphone is cut off as long as you have wifi.  Furthermore, free wifi is almost everywhere if you are close to a store or the city.  Even if your not and staying at home with family, there is probably internet hooked up.  In stressful financial times that is usually the last thing to get cut off.  Why, you can watch TV, surf the net, and make phone calls via messenger as long as you have a device and the internet.

     So if you are totally unfamiliar with either of these concepts you should have a better understanding of how apps and devices can simplify your life.  For those of you that do use these devices one or the other, well together they are the bomb.  From these concepts Amazon has married the two and created the Echo Show.  Why does that matter if you already use the other apps.  Well you have to get the device and turn it on if its an iPad, tablet, or cell phone.  They are also only as good as their last charge.  You have to physically enable the devices too.  Well your not lazy.  However, there is nothing better than setting an alarm clock if you have already went to bed and forgot the task, or turning on a light with your voice in the middle of the night.  The Echo Show is always plugged in and ready to go.

     Let's look at some of the advantages in having this device.  You can call your family from your bed or chair or the floor if you have had an accident or you do not feel right using Echo Show's Alexa calling feature.  If you are older there is a real security in having a device like that in earshot of you.  If you hear someone trying to break in, you could have your family on the Echo Show watching everything and alerting the police if you can't physically get to your phone or are hiding.  I think this is genius, this product.  There is also a drop in feature on the new Echo Show that allows you to drop in and call and see your family member as an opt in without them having to answer the phone.  That's right, if your not dressed or don't look your best you can decide with each call if the caller can see you or not.  But with the drop in feature, you can allow your children or a close friend to check in on you to make sure you are okay without you even answering the call.  What about times when your family member may need a sitter to stay with them while your away.  You can have the confidence in knowing you can drop in at any moment and check in on them.  All of the many things that the Echo can do, the Echo show can do better.

Dividing Line clip art

Popular posts from this blog


                              Photo by Austin Guhl THE FIRST YEAR: MAKING THE MOST OF COLLEGE     2010 Florida State Statues :      1009.26Fee waivers.  "A state university may waive any or all application, tuition, and related fees for persons 60 years of age or older who are residents of this state and who attend classes for credit. No academic credit shall be awarded for attendance in classes for which fees are waived under this subsection. This privilege may be granted only on a space-available basis, if such classes are not filled as of the close of registration. A university may limit or deny the privilege for courses which are in programs for which the Board of Governors has established selective admissions criteria. Persons paying full fees and state employees taking courses on a space-available basis shall have priority over those persons whose fees are waived in all cases where classroom spaces are limited." More information about this statute can be found here


State flags on Amazon "WHEREAS, Certain tuition waivers are prescribed by statute, other tuition and fee waivers are authorized by the Board, and..." 3. Senior Citizen (62 or older -part-time) -A full waiver of the Extension fee (summer and winter sessions) is authorized for any Connecticut resident sixty-two years or older providing that at the end of the regular registration period there is space available in the course(s) in which they intend to enroll, 4. Senior Citizen (62 or older -full-time) -A waiver of the University Fee is authorized for any Connecticut resident sixty-two years or older who is enrolled in a degree-granting program pursuant to the provisions of Section 10a-99 of the CGS," 1. citation :  Excerpt from the Connecticut State University System - RESOLUTION concerning TUITION AND FEE WAIVER AUTHORIZATIONS October 8, 2009.     According to Connecticut state statue senior citizens can take college classes and earn a degree tuition free. 

New York

   I have not successfully found a specific statute or law reguarding senior citizens recieving tuition waivers or discounts.  Many colleges offer discounted tuition, tuition waivers for auditing courses, and various educational opportunities for senior citizens.  Check the list below and click on links that have additional information regarding educational opportunities. City of University of New York Senior Colleges and Graduate Schools Baruch College - Contact Info: 646.312.1000 Discount tuition fee information for senior citizens. Brooklyn College - Contact Info: 718.951.5000 Discount tuition fee information for senior citizens. The City College of New York  - Contact Info: 212.650.7000 Discounted tuition information for senior citizens. College of Staten Island - Contact Info: 718.982.2000 Tuition waiver information for senior citizen