Ask My Buddy helps you ask for assistance using only your voice - and - makes it easy to let your contacts know you are doing ok.
The most valuable alert method is the one that is accessible when you need it! Just say Alexa, Ask My Buddy to Send Help.
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Alert feature You can't predict when you'll need help, Ask My Buddy lets you immediately alert someone in your Personal Alert Network that you need them to check on you. You may alert just 1 or all of your contacts with just one command. Simply say, 'Alexa, Ask My Buddy to alert YourContact' or 'Alexa, Ask My Buddy to send help', and Ask My Buddy will immediately send an alert, notifying them to check on you right away. Alerts will be sent by text message, an email, and a voice telephone call.
Premium users can let Contacts know what type of help they may need just by saying a few more words after the Send Help command. Contacts will receive the added information in each text message, email, and voice call. ‘Alexa, Ask My Buddy to Send Help I have fallen and am on the floor’
Check In feature Have you wished that you could easily let your family that you are doing ok? Ease their minds with a 'Check In' message to your contact by saying "Alexa, Ask My Buddy to check in with yourContact" or you can check in with all of your Contacts at once. Check In messages are sent the same way alerts are, by text message, an email, and a voice telephone call. Use Check In messages each day to let your family know you are doing OK, or use the Check In after you return from taking a walk, even kids can use it to let parents know they arrived home from school.
Ask My Buddy is not a substitute for 911, but rather an additional tool offering the security of knowing help is just a shout away.
If you need assistance with your account, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org (add our email to your contact list so our answer isn't marked as spam) For hands on demonstrations and how-to videos, visit us at https://www.youtube.com/AskMyBuddy Connect with us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/askmybuddy.net or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/askmybuddy_net
Please ask your family, friends, a caregiver, or a neighbor to be part of your network, and make a plan with them for what it means if you send them an alert or a check in message. If you live in a community or building with private security, consider talking to them about being part of your network. Download our 'Guide for Contacts' at the bottom of the www.AskMyBuddy.net Settings page and share with those on the contact list.
To get started, there are 2 parts to setting up Ask My Buddy. 1) Set up your account at the AskMyBuddy.net website. 2) Enable and Link Accounts, in the Alexa companion application.
First create your account Go to www.AskMyBuddy.net Click on Register menu item (if you are on a mobile device, tap on the 3 lines in the upper left corner). Enter your information and press the Register button Then on the login page, enter your email and password and press Log-In button. Tap on the Contacts page to add your friends or family.
Second Enable Ask My Buddy: Open the Alexa application and locate Ask My Buddy. Click on Enable Skill button This will open our Login page. Enter the email and password used to login to AskMyBuddy.net Press Log-In button to complete linking
Once both steps are complete you are ready to use Ask My Buddy. Talk to your Alexa device and say one of the following phrases:
To alert all of your contacts at once say: Alexa Ask My Buddy to Alert Everyone Alexa Ask My Buddy to Send Help
To alert only one contact say: Alexa Ask My Buddy to Alert ContactFirstName
To use the Check In feature say: Alexa Ask My Buddy to Check In with Everyone Alexa Ask My Buddy to tell everyone I'm OK
To Check-in with only one contact say: Alexa Ask My Buddy to Check In with ContactFirstName
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I don't understand the reviews complaining about the cost of the service. While I have no knowledge of how the web site presented information in 2016 and 2017, at the current time, March 2018, the website if very, very clear about cost. The service is free if you have fewer than 5 contacts and use 10 or fewer notifications in a 30 day period. For $3.66 a month you can use 120 notifications per month, and for $5 per month you can get 400 notifications per month, have 10 contacts, and use numerous languages other than English. I signed up for the free service and tested it and it works flawlessly. Since I opted for voice call and text, each instance uses 2 notifications, and because I am adding one additional contact, each notification will use 4 notifications. For that reason I am going back into my account and signing up for the $5 per month option. I am currently paying $32 per month for a medical alert system for my wife, but she fell this morning and wasn't wearing the necklace so it was of no help. However, she has and Echo Dot on her bedside table, and if I had signed up for Ask My Buddy sooner, she could have just said, "Alexa, alert Bill" and Ask My Buddy would have called my cell phone. The instructions say that you should say "Alexa, tell Ask My Buddy to alert (contact name)", but I quickly discovered that you only need to say "Alexa, alert (contact name)", and Alexa will respond with "I will tell Ask My Buddy to alert (contact name)". That may seem lilke and inconsequential difference, but for an elderly person in distress, and possibly with confusion as well, the 3 word command is much surer than the 8 word command. While I should be able to just say, "Alexa, call (contact)", I have found over the past few months that the Echo Dot response to that is spotty. Sometimes it works, sometimes Alexa just lights up green and beeps, but never makes the call. In any case, with that, the person in distress would have to communicate via Alexa which at distance could be difficult. The Ask My Buddy command will send a prerecorded message that will tell you that the person in distress needs help and you should check on them immediately. This is as good a use of technology as can be devised and I recommend it without reservation.
I had a heart attack n middle of night was alone woke up to hear someone screaming . IT WAS ME!! I couldn't get out of bed nor get to a phone yes I had a heart attack but I lost 2/3 of my heart ability I wish I had Alexa back then But I Do now and trust me don't wait till the er moment and think I should have gotten that Alexa thing No one has paid me to say this . It comes from my own experience!! Thanks guys for added ing this to Alexa .
Here is how we setup Ask My Buddy for my 97-year-old father who lives alone:
1. Living room has an Echo. Bedroom and bathroom each have an Echo dot. 2. Taped next to each Echo device is a cheat sheet for the Ask My Buddy commands, of which he uses two: call all of us for help and tell all of us he's ok. 3. We schedule drills twice a month on the first and fifteenth of each month. I verify with Pop the procedure and alert the other contacts in advance of each scheduled test. He issues both commands during each test. 4. We rotate the tests so that he exercises each of his Echo devices in turn. 5. I frequently call in to his Echo device using the Alexa app on my android phone and the "Drop in" feature. This lets me listen to his living room without his having to do anything to receive the call. 6. We will soon implement an additional, daily "Check-In" message from Pop to all of us. Since we talk with him frequently, but not necessarily every day, this step will provide positive confirmation that he is all right at least once a day.
These steps are necessary, because unless he rehearses sending messages he might not remember what to say in a real emergency.
This skill is exactly as advertised. Absolutely fantastic. I only wish you could adjust a setting so you could just say “Alexa, alert so and so” rather than having to say “Alexa, tell MyBuddy to alert...”
Could be hard to remember, especially for elderly/disabled persons, to say MyBuddy. Especially in an emergency situation and so infrequently using the skill.
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2016
My wife has MS and has fallen many times, only to be stuck for hours until someone came home. Echo is now her guardian as well as companion....Thank you so much. Who would of thought this was possible.
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2016
Sometimes technologies can match up so well as to become nearly perfect solutions for some of the most challenging problems we face. Take the task of taking care of our elderly family and friends - Ask My Buddy steps up as one of those perfect solutions. It leverages Alexa's "always on" capabilities so that my blind 89-year-old father has the means to call out if his cell phone battery dies (which happened today), he falls or is otherwise in need of help at a time no one is around. This combination skill and service along with the voice-interface that Alexa provides gives my father freedom of movement and all of his family a greater sense of security.
In fact, I think this company should be bought out by Amazon and incorporated into all Echo units by default since it offers such a vital service for anyone, not only the elderly, to send a quick message for help. It also isn't bad for Dot sales in that we are now buying 3 more Echo dots for various remote areas of the house to accommodate this skill's capabilites. Ask My Buddy rocks!
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2019
I'm a mature Nurse who lives alone. Don't let the gray hair fool you, i still work full time. One night I got very ill and knew I needed help, with one big breath i asked Alexa to call my Buddy, before i hit the floor. She did and they came running calling the ambulance. All is well i just want to say Thanks .
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2016
This is a fantastic addition to Alexa. I pray that I never need it, but, it is comforting to know that as an older lady of 76 if I should fall in my home I may have a chance of getting help. Thank you so much.