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There ought to be a way to load little helpful videos for family members with dementia. For example, how to use the Keurig to make coffee. It would be a short video, but watching it every morning would allow my beloved elder to make coffee.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Trying to leave alexa radio constantly on, shutting off
« Last post by johnsta13 on August 03, 2020, 10:44:19 am »
Hello All! I'm new here so thanks for the help.

I have an old home audio system that I've wired to some echo dots. One is wired to my bedroom and labeled as such and one is wired to the kitchen and labeled as such. We want to leave the echo dot in the kitchen always playing classical music via radio.

This worked apparently for a month but now I find that each morning the dot has stopped playing the classical radio in the kitchen.

Any idea what might be interrupting the audio?

Additionally, I went to put the audio back like other mornings but alexa would only play spotify on the kitchen dot and wouldn't play amazon music. It did play amazon music on my phone though.

Any ideas there?
« Last post by mblxv on August 02, 2020, 06:16:57 pm »
Hi Everyone!

I just purchased an Echo Show to put in my mother's room at her Memory Care home. It's been really awful during the pandemic with the entire facility in lockdown and now only 30 minute in person (masked, at 6 feet distance) visits permitted once a week. She's safe but sliding down the dementia curve faster than she might be otherwise due to lack of socialization, contact with family, etc. Her technical skills on a scale of 1 to 5 are about -3 (and were before the memory loss set in; just not her thing -- Shakespeare and Ovid are) so this should be great so long as we can "train"  her to say "Alexa" before she tries to call us. And yes, I've seen the SNL skit a million times.

I think I figured out how to get it programmed so the family members can "drop in" on her and will next try to figure out how we might manage to have three or four of us on a call at once. In the meantime . . .I'd like to ask those who have set these up for their elderly parents what other things we can look forward to doing through the Echo -- music? Movies? Activities? Announcement that High Tea is being served? -- that we can manage from afar for her.

Thank you for your ideas and tips.


Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Smartlife/tuya PIR sesnor + alexa routines. possible?
« Last post by Thomastoo on August 02, 2020, 05:57:34 pm »
Might be a wi-fi PIR sensor.  I initially purchased a ZigBee PIR sensor as I have Echo pluses and a Studio.  It worked great - very easy to setup in Smart Life and to program a routine for.  I then purchased a wi-fi PIR sensor off eBay , the sensor would work but not show up in my Alexa app which ruled out a routine.  Bought 3 more Zigbee PIR sensors (from eBay), and they set up instantly in Smart Life and showed right up in the Alexa app.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Help with finding the smart light I want
« Last post by renegade600 on August 02, 2020, 12:15:41 am »
I believe the free bulb came already connected so you will have to connect any new bulbs yourself.    I don't use the alexa hub so I am really not sure about the how-to.   Just know you don't need the hue hub.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Help with finding the smart light I want
« Last post by marklyn59 on August 01, 2020, 11:38:07 pm »
So how do the hue bulbs connect to the echo? Bluetooth?
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Help with finding the smart light I want
« Last post by renegade600 on August 01, 2020, 11:29:18 pm »
if the following is the studio you purchased, then any hue bulbs should work.

the one that came with the studio is being discontinued so it will hard to find individually.      The studio is a hub so you do not need the individual philips hue hub unless you go with color bulbs.  so if the hue bulb says hub required, disregard it. 
Amazon Echo Discussion / Help with finding the smart light I want
« Last post by marklyn59 on August 01, 2020, 08:54:27 pm »
I received a free Phillips Hue white light when I bought my Echo Studio.  I was able to connect the light through the Alexa app. I didn't need to set up a new account with anyone and the light apparently works directly with my Echo Studio so it doesn't use any of my wifi bandwidth (yay).
So, when I search on Amazon what exactly am I searching for to get results for lights just like this?
So far my searches turned up lights that say wifi required or account needs to be setup/linked, etc.
I just want to find lights that were as easy to setup as the one I got for free.
So exactly what am I looking for then to narrow down my choices to this type of smart light?
Or, can I just use a smart plug for a lamp that turns on/off and dims a regular light?
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Turn on room fan as you do room lights.
« Last post by jvk of md on July 30, 2020, 09:21:02 am »
There are wall switches now for fans... I know honeywell for sure that works with alexa.  I assume you have 2 separately wired wall switches for your fan/lt combos and are using 1 to turn on the lights. 
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