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


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.

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Class Format
Recorded Online Session
Date Recorded Length
3/31/2021 1 hour 13 minutes
No Charge
Amanda Sweet
CE Hours
For Further Information Sponsor
Christa Porter
402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665
Nebraska Library Commission