Ease of Use

Challenge- When your turn on your Smart TV you want TV!!

Solution: Change the the Amazon Fire TV Cube default setting from Fire TV when powering on to the cable or satellite TV you expected


How to get it: Using your Amazon Fire TV remote, perform these steps

* Click Home

* Scroll across and click Settings

* Scroll down and across and click Equipment Control

* Scroll downs and click Manage Equipment

* Scroll down and click Advanced Settings

* Scroll down and click Power On Input

* Scroll down and click on TV Default

* Click Home to exit


How it works: After performing the above steps, the next time you turn on your Fire TV Cube it will select the  Cable of Satellite receiver versus the normal Fire TV  Home Page





Challenge- Display Multiple Cameras on Fire TV

Solution: If you have been using your Amazon Fire TV to display a camera and wanted a way to display multiple cameras at a time... take a look at this solution


 You can display cameras using Alexa verbal commands on your Fire TV from Nest, Ring, Blink, and many others as a SINGLE camera. Currently there is no way to display MULTIPLE cameras at the same time.


How to get it: TinyCam is an Amazon Apps Store app that can display multiple cameras at the same time on your Fire TV. The TinyCam Pro app is available in the Amazon App Store for Fire TV and Fire Tablets. The free version is available only for Fire Tablets. The easiest way to install the app is to use your computer to order it and “deliver” it to your Fire TV or Fire Tablet.


Once installed and configured, you can display your multiple camera setup by saying “Alexa, launch Tiny Cam”


How it works: Although the app is capable of supporting many different brands of cameras, I am only using it with Nest and Wyze. There is no support for Ring or Blink and the Nest support is only 1 frame per second, usable but very slow

  


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Finding your lost devices

Challenge-   Its very common to misplace certain personal items such as keys, medications, wallet even your phone as we age or become infirmed. For several years the Bluetooth based “finder” type devices (tiles) have relied on using your phone with an app to ping the devices. These devices work well, IF

1. IF, you can locate your phone

2. IF, it’s charged

3. IF, you can handle the unlocking code

4. IF, you can find the app on the phone

Solution

  

With the addition of a low-cost Amazon Echo Dot, you can avoid these steps as long as you can remember the phrase to speak. If someone has trouble doing that, an Amazon Echo Button can be placed in a FIXED LOCATION(maybe on the fridge door) that just requires the person to tap on it.

Here are the functions this setup can provide using voice or a button touch

· Ping my tagged item

· Ring my phone

In addition, some tiles, notably Chipolo and Tile, have added a “separation feature” so that if you leave home without your phone, but have your tagged item with you, e.g. car keys, that tile will beep. The tile can also be squeezed to beep the phone when you try to locate it