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NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech - How I Turned My Dad's House Into a Smart Home Using Amazon Alexa Devices - Online 


Special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

My dad recently lost his leg and has some mobility issues until he can get up and around on a prosthetic. When I went to visit for a while, I set up some Smart Home devices to make life a little easier. Nearly every community has a significant population with mobility issues, so this session will provide more ways for the library to help. Here's what I will cover:

  • Recommended devices that are reasonably priced and do not require extensive wiring.
  • A list of common Alexa commands my dad has found useful.
  • Tutorials to try it in your own library (ex. Setting up Smart Bulbs, Emergency Call for Help, Intercoms, etc.)
  • How the library can use these resources
I learned through trial and error, then put together some resource packs to make Smart Homes for Low Mobility more library-friendly. Try introducing basic smart home options in your next visit to home-bound patrons, circulate smart devices in the town bookmobile, or provide information resources in support of patrons who need life to be just a bit easier.

NCompass Live is broadcast live on Wednesdays, from 10am - 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website or use the World Clock Time Zone Converter. In the Time Zone Converter, NCompass Live is broadcast from U.S.A - Nebraska - Lincoln.

The show is recorded for anyone who may want to watch it again or who cannot attend at the scheduled time. Registration is not required to view the archived recordings.

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Class Format
Date Time
3/31/2021 10am - 11am  (Central Time)
No Charge
Amanda Sweet
CE Hours
Capacity Available Seats
1000 962
Registration Starts Registration Ends
1/28/2021 3/29/2021
For Further Information Sponsor
Christa Porter
402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665
Nebraska Library Commission
Registration Closed