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Alexa the VRT

The following is the outline for the AVRT presentation, “Alexa the VRT,” presented by Steve Kelley, CVRT, CATIS


Who is using Amazon Echo and for what?

Amazon Echo basics—wifi, setup, inexpensive Dot, etc.

Reading the Newspaper

NFB Newsline

Alexa Open National Federation of the Blind

Instructions for using Alexa with NFB Newsline

Radio Reading Services

TuneIn is one of the services that aggregates radio stations and podcasts

Radio Reading Services on Smart Speakers on Low Vision Tech

Radio Reading Services on Smart Speakers from Watercolor presentation

Examples include: OWL Radio Reading Service

Triangle Radio Reading Service

Turning Sight Into Sound


Podcasts on blindness and low vision available on Amazon Echo

Example include:

Hadley Presents: “Alexa, play Hadley Presents on TuneIn.”

Hadley Discussion Groups:

“Alexa, play Get Up and Go podcast.”

Other Discussion Groups include: What’s Cooking; Hadley Growers; Tech It Out; Writer’s Circle; Resource Roundtable; Travel Talk; Crafting Circle; Embracing Braille; Spanish Chat

Vision Rehab Podcast or Low Vision Tech

Creating a podcast the hard way

How might vision rehab therapists and other reha professionals engage clients by creating a podcast for the Amazon Echo?

Record and upload audio

  • Audi city on the computer
  • hi-q m3 Recorder for the Android
  • Voice Record for iOS

Create RSS feed

Post RSS feed to TuneIn

Creating a podcast the easy way

Amazon Blueprints

Vision Rehab News “Alexa play my News” (Please note, this is not published yet and will only work on Steve’s News Briefing until published. For demonstration only)

Easy to set up and record

Plays only the current feed

Vision Rehab Facts “Alexa, Open Vision Rehab Facts”

Somewhat interactive with the user, plays two facts at a time, easy to set p

Anchor Podcast App for Android or iOS


Record with phone or upload audio file

Add effects

Example: Vision Rehab Podcast

Hosted on Anchor and submitted to TuneIn, Spotify, Apple, etc.

Waiting for approval on TineIn. If approved, Vision Rehab Podcast will be available on Amazon Echo, “Alexa, play Vision Rehab Podcast on TuneIn”

Mozilla Privacy Not Included Guide addresses privacy issues with smart speakers including Amazon Echo

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