The Echo Show is an Amazon device that responds to voice commands. You can use it to remind you to take your medication. Combine it with a simple pill caddy. Program the Echo Show to tell you which pill caddy box to take at each reminder.
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How to Program the Echo Show with Reminders
The Amazon Echo Show is most popular as a video chat device. It’s also very popular for watching streaming videos such as Netflix and Youtube. And one of its best uses is as a video monitor to watch the security camera feed.
One of its features is an alarm clock that you can program with anything you want.
- “Alexa, remind me about my doctor’s appointment in one hour”
- “Alexa, remind me every day at 2 pm to take the Tuesday afternoon pills from the blue caddy”
- “Alexa, remind me every day at 8 am to take my morning pills in the top row of the big pill caddy”
More Instructions on Using the Reminder Function
If you would like step-by-step instructions to program reminders into any Alexa device, check out my article:
Why You Should Use Echo Show for Your Medication Reminders
You can use this pill reminder method with any Alexa device. Consider using the Echo Show with Alexa voice command because:
- It’s easy to program your reminders using your voice
- This method requires only a simple pill caddy to hold your pills, but
- You can use the Echo Show for other helpful tasks, such as:
- video chatting
- allowing your kids to drop in on you over the video to make sure you’re ok (You must give permission for this “Drop-In” function to work)
- watching streaming services
- listening to streaming radio
- looking at pictures
More Ways to Use Alexa
Voice command services make sense for seniors who don’t want to learn technology or gadgets.
You talk to Alexa, and it does stuff. “What time is it?” is the least of what it can do. For example, you can tell Alexa to do the following commands.
Just start any command with the word “Alexa.” This is how the unit knows that your words are directed at Alexa, and wakes it up.
“Alexa, what are your top skills?” is a good way to find out what Alexa can do.
Commands to Use Alexa for Entertainment
- “Alexa, play Led Zepplin.”
- “Alexa, what is on TV tonight?”
- “Alexa, play music”
- “Alexa, play James Brown on Pandora.”
Commands to Use Alexa for Communication and Safety
You can use the Drop-In feature to see what an Echo Show device sees at a remote location. The person you’re dropping in on has to give permission to their device to allow you to do this. If you are worried about someone and they give this permission, you can command your Echo Show to show you what their Echo Show can see.
- “Alexa, Drop in on mom’s living room Echo.”
- “Alex, Call mom.”
- “Alexa, Show me the front door.” (Assumes you have a camera at the front door, of course. Learn how to do that below.)
Learn more about how to use Alexa for safety and security in our articles below (they open in a new window)
The Echo Show was on sale the last time I was on Amazon. Check the latest Echo Show price at Amazon.com.