Chrissy and David’s Smart Home

Chrissy and David had already been living with a great deal of independence in their apartment for a few years when they learned about smart home technology. They worked with an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) to get an assessment, plan and install their technology, as well as receive training on how to use it.

Chrissy and David’s Goals

  1. Improve time management skills by using reminders and alarms to create a routine/schedule
  2. Increase cooking skills for new healthy meals
A young white man and woman cook in a brightly lit kitchen. They both wear glasses and he is wearing a collared black shirt and she is wearing a white blouse with a black check pattern. She stirs a pot on the stove. They are both smiling and looking at a smart display on the counter.
David and Chrissy use their smart display to experiment with new recipes.

Chrissy and David chose to install:

  • Two smart speakers – one in the bedroom and one in the living room (they use Amazon Echo Dots)
  • A smart display in the kitchen (they use an Amazon Echo Show)

They both already had smartphones (iPhones), tablets (iPads), and David uses a smart watch (Apple watch).

A white woman's hands hold a smart display. One hand is scrolling through a list of ingredients on the display.
Chrissy reviews the shopping list on their smart display.
A smart display on a kitchen counter shows a recipe for easy lemon pasta with chicken. A white man's hand rests on the counter next to the display.
David reviews the steps of a recipe on their smart display.

Chrissy and David’s smart display has a recipe skill that makes cooking new meals easy. Each recipe includes an ingredient list that’s easy to add to the shopping list in the device’s app on a smartphone. Chrissy and David both have the app and so do their parents, so whoever is grocery shopping will know exactly what to buy. Each recipe also provides step-by-step instructions out loud and on the screen, with how-to videos for complicated tasks. And, the device recommends new recipes, so Chrissy and David always have healthy new meals to try.

“When I was cooking with my iPad I always had to look down at my device and keep opening up the recipe. It’s easier with the Echo Show,” says Chrissy.

They also use the speakers and display to stay on schedule throughout the day. The smart speaker in their bedroom wakes them up with an alarm, and notifies them with reminders for when to leave for work and other activities. And, because the smart speakers, display, and apps on each of their phones are synced, Chrissy and David know they’ll receive their reminders no matter where they are in the apartment.

David and Chrissy check their alarms and reminders using their smart speaker.

“I think [life without my smart technology] would be a little challenging. I used to feel rushed leaving for work in the morning. Now I am more responsible with time management,” shares Chrissy.

“Life is less stressful now,” adds David. “The device keeps reminding me of things I need to do.”

A young white woman and man sit on a couch smiling at each other and holding smartphones. They both wear glasses and he is wearing a collared black shirt with the Philadelphia Eagles emblem on it and she is wearing a white blouse with a black check pattern. A smart speaker lights up on the table next to the couch.
Chrissy and David use a number of smart devices including their phones, David’s watch, and the speaker in their living room.

But it isn’t all about time management and cooking with their smart technology. David and Chrissy both enjoy listening to music using their smart speakers and display, and while cooking or cleaning they will often dance along to their favorite pop artists (Justin Timberlake for Chrissy – she has seen him in concert three times!). They also use the speakers to check the time, train schedule, and weather. When a storm was rolling in one recent winter, Chrissy used her smart technology to stay updated on its progress – both so she could be prepared, and also because it was exciting! When the storm finally hit, she and David used the display for a hot chocolate recipe.

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