“The latest technology isn’t always easy to use for people of a certain age.” So says the narrator in one of sketches from last night’s Saturday Night Live, which imagined an Amazon Echo speaker designed for the elderly.
The sketch runs through a handful of features for the device, Amazon Echo Silver, playing to the usual senior citizen stereotypes. It’s super loud, responds to any name that sounds remotely similar to Alexa, and has an “uh huh” conversation mode for long, rambling conversations. It’s a bit patronizing in its delivery, but there are companies out there working on home assistants specifically for the elderly.
However, SNL does nail the sketch with its closer: the device can be yours for just three easy payments of $9.99.