[BCAB] Alexa and Shopping Lists

Graham Page gpage at useit.plus.com
Wed Mar 7 11:51:01 GMT 2018

Part of the problem here is that Amazon doesn't seem to market the Echo very
seriously as a useful product.  The What's new in Alexa emails we get are,
in the main, full of useless gimics such as getting the echo to "tell me a
joke"  or answer the question "who are your role models" .  For many people,
blind and sighted alike, using voice control is becoming a powerful and very
viable means of getting useful things done.



-----Original Message-----
From: Kerry Fielding [mailto:littlemisslovely1973 at me.com] 
Sent: 06 March 2018 14:06
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Alexa and Shopping Lists

You're not wrong.

There's nothing wrong with gimmicky skills every now and again but if 
this is supposed to be an assistant, get it to work properly.


On 05/03/2018 15:13, Graham Page wrote:
> My thoughts are that this is nothing but a gimic unless it is sold better
and done a bit more seriously.
> Like many others, I am signed up to what's new on Alexa.  It's amazing how
much of this newsletter is just taken up by rubbish.  I can ask for jokes or
ask stupid questions  such as who are your role models?  I can ask for a
random fact, but why would I want to do so?
> There are some great skills out there but the people sending out this
weeikly  trash mail don't seem to take their own product seriously.
> Maybe you just print the shopping list, but that hugely reduces it's
> Regards
> Graham
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kerry Fielding [mailto:littlemisslovely1973 at me.com]
> Sent: 05 March 2018 14:20
> To: BCAB
> Subject: [BCAB] Alexa and Shopping Lists
> Hi folks.
> Has anyone tried to create a shopping list using Alexa?
> We thought it was a great idea and were able to add stuff to our list
> with no problems at all.  However, we thought then we could take that
> list to our local shop where we would get assistance and, rather than
> wasting paper, they could tick the little boxes off so we and they would
> know what we had bought.  It was an utter disaster for us.  Firstly, the
> tick boxes didn't work.  I wondered initially if this was something to
> do with VoiceOver and assumed that when it wasn't there all would be
> good.  It seemed not.  The assistant in the shop wasn't able to scroll
> down on the screen either to get to all the items.
> Any thoughts?
> Kerry

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