Mayo Clinic Now Provides First Aid Help For Amazon Echo Users
With ‘smart home’ devices like the Amazon Echo starting to get more popular, that means we’re one step closer to robot butlers finally being a thing. I, for one, cannot wait to order WALL-E or whatever to get me a beer from the fridge before folding my laundry. That’ll be cool.
I’ve played around with a friend’s Echo a couple times, and they’re pretty nifty for playing music, jotting down a list, checking the weather, or asking Alexa (the friendly, robotic voice of the Echo) a random question. I’m still not 100% sold on them, since it’s mostly a swanky luxury gadget for now. But as companies and developers find more uses for these devices, I can definitely see them becoming more of a mainstay.
Enter Mayo Clinic, who is now providing a free First Aid program for Amazon Echo users. This is a really cool feature that allows you to ask Alexa medical-related things like “how to treat a cut,” “tell me about spider bites,” or “instructions for CPR.” That could really help out in a pinch, even though Mayo is advising users not to rely on the program for life-threatening medical emergencies. That’s when you can still rely on the good ol’ fashioned 911 to do the job.
Still, it’s another feature that makes a smart home device like the Amazon Echo just a little more appealing to me. I doubt I’ll jump on board yet, but it’s tempting. And it’s very cool to see Mayo looking towards the future.
Source: Star Tribune