Alexa Together Devices
Broadly speaking, Alexa together requires a minimum of two devices:
- An Alexa-enabled speaker, tablet, or wearable: This will be used by the primary user, allowing them to keep track of alerts, ask questions, and contact emergency response agents.
- A smartphone: This will be used by the secondary user. With the Alexa Together app, they’ll receive notifications about the primary user’s activity. They’ll also be able to place check-in calls and add reminders to their loved one’s system.
That said, you could potentially add a number of different Alexa-enabled devices used by the primary user. For example, in my tests, I had three Echo Dots placed throughout my home, and my secondary user accessed the app through their iPhone.
If you don’t currently have an Alexa-enabled device in your home, you’ll need at least one in order to use Alexa Together. Here are a few options.
Echo Dot (3rd Generation)
As the most basic of Amazon’s smart speakers, an Echo Dot gives you access to all of the basic features of Alexa Together. Slightly larger than a hockey puck, an Echo Dot can fit easily on a side table, nightstand, or countertop. With its Wi-Fi connection, this device uses voice commands to help you play music, ask questions, and set reminders. When paired with Alexa Together, this device can update secondary users about your activity. Additionally, they can place voice calls directly to your Echo Dot.
Echo Dot devices currently cost $19.99 when purchased through Amazon.
Echo Show 8
With its eight-inch touchscreen, the Echo Show combines all of the features of a smart speaker with some additional features of a tablet. With an Echo Show, you can browse the web, stream videos, take photos, and utilize all of the voice command functionality of an Echo Dot. Additionally, with this device’s front-facing camera, you can make video calls to a secondary user through Alexa Together.
Echo Show devices currently cost $94.99 when purchased through Amazon. Additionally, they include a six-month free trial of Alexa Together.
SkyAngelCare Fall Detection Pendant
While any Alexa-enabled device can make emergency calls to Amazon’s monitoring center, only a fall detection device can automatically sense a fall and contact an agent in the event a user is nonresponsive. The SkyAngelCare pendant is designed specifically for Alexa Together. When worn around the neck, it can automatically detect when a user falls and then contact monitoring personnel. Additionally, this device has an SOS button for manual calls, and it’s fully waterproof, meaning users can wear it in the shower.
Currently, the SkyAngelCare Fall Detection Pendant costs $169.99.
Vayyar Care Fall Detection
If your primary user would prefer not to wear a fall detection unit, then the Vayyar Care fall detection device might be the option for you. Mounted on a wall, this device can automatically sense a fall and, when paired with Alexa Together, can contact monitoring personnel. With no cameras, this device is fully private, and it can even work in the dark or in steamy conditions, making it ideal for bathroom usage.
Currently, the Vayyar Care fall detection device costs $241.41 when purchased through Amazon.
Build Your Own System
With Alexa Together, you have the freedom to build your own system that suits both your personal needs and your living environment. For example, in my one-floor, three-bedroom home, I used three Echo Dots and one wall-mounted fall detection device. However, provided your devices are compatible with Alexa, you can create any setup — big or small — that accommodates your needs.