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Alexa Accessibility – Show and Tell on the Echo Show

Person's hand holding a tablet box in front on an Echo Show.


Amazon’s Alexa is not just using voice to provide assistance to users.
A feature called “Show and Tell” is enabling blind and low vision customers to identify items using an Echo Show device.

What is the Echo Show Device?

The Amazon Echo Show is a smart speaker that is part of the Amazon Echo line of products. Similar to other devices in the family, it is designed around Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa, but additionally features a touchscreen that can be used to display visual information to accompany its responses, as well as play video and conduct video calls with other Echo Show users.

The Amazon Echo Show comes in various sizes. Amazon’s Echo Show line-up includes three models – the 10-inch Echo Show, 8-inch Echo Show, and the 5.5-inch Echo Show.

What is Show and Tell for Alexa?

Show and Tell is an accessibility feature that identifies items using your Echo Show’s camera. All you need to do is hold up a product in front of your Echo Show’s camera and ask Alexa to identify it. Alexa tells you what you’re holding and provides a brief description.

There is a built-in tutorial on Echo Show devices. To learn more about this feature say, “Help with Show and Tell”. The tutorial gives you product placement hints, sounds to expect, and camera tips. For more help with using Show and Tell, say “More help with Show and Tell.”

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