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Amazon adds Show and Tell feature to smart displays for blind users

Amazon has recently started the international rollout of its Show and Tell feature, designed to use the camera in an Echo Show smart display to help people who are blind identify everyday objects.

The feature works by using the built-in camera of the Echo Show to visually identify products. The information is then read out to the user. The feature was originally released in September to first and second-generation Echo Show devices in the USA, but anecdotal feedback suggests products in other countries can also be identified.  

To use Show and Tell, say to the Echo Show model that supports the feature  “Alexa, what am I holding?” or “Alexa, what’s in my hand?,” which will kick off verbal and audio cues that guide you to place the item you’d like to identify in front of the Echo Show’s camera.

It’s encouraging to see large companies such as Amazon continuing to find new and innovative ways to use their popular smart devices to add functionality that assists people with disability.

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