Voice control is now a presence in millions of homes, thanks to smart speakers like Amazon Echo, C/Net reports, but what if you can't hear what Alexa has to say? Or if you can't talk talk to her?
Now Amazon has an answer. It's called "Tap to Alexa," and it lets owners of the Echo Show touchscreen smart speaker tap on the screen rather than use voice commands.
Hearing or speech-impaired users can access customizable shortcuts to weather, news headlines, timers and the like, or rearrange those shortcuts as they see fit, or swap them out for other shortcuts.
There's also a keyboard icon that allows users to type out a specific command with no need to talk at all.
To turn Tap to Alexa on, users need to navigate to the updated "Accessibility" section of the Echo Show settings menu. Users can also enable transcripts for any incoming voice messages, as well as on-screen captions for everything Alexa says.
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