A new Alexa skill named Away Mode helps Amazon Echo smarthögtaler to break out burglars with unpleasant conversations. An example of the hilarious scenarios is "Emergency PTA Meeting to Discuss Memes, Fidget Spinners and Other Teen Fads." Amazon )
A new skill for Amazon's digital assistant Alexa will help Amazon Echo smart speakers to keep potential burglars away from empty homes.
Alexa skills do not use advanced sensors or any other part of sophisticated technology. Instead, it uses the power of uncomfortable and ridiculous conversations.
Alexa Skill "Away Mode" Will Keep Burglars Away
Some leave light, television or radio when they leave the house to get burglars to believe that someone is at home and looking for another place to target. A new Alexa skill called Away Mode seems to get this exercise in modern times.
Instead of TV shows and radio shows, the launch of Away Mode on an Amazon Echo smart speaker will play one of seven soundtracks that sound like real conversations. The soundtracks are written by comedy writers behind SNL It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and UCB so it should give an idea of how the pre-recorded conversations will play.
The audio tracks in the off mode include "The pair breaks up while watching TV", "Emergency PTA meeting to discuss Memes, Fidget Spinners and Other Teen Fads" and "Two Average Guys Brainstorm What's Unique About themselves, they can start a podcast about it. "
The other scenarios are a book club where they never talk about a book, a mom who helps her daughter to assemble an IKEA item via the phone, home mom who gets crazy, and players argue over a board game.
According to Hippo Insurance, the San Francisco-based home insurance company behind Alexa's ability, the Away Mode point is to scare off any burglaries. It makes them believe that it is not only at home but also "absolutely inadequate".
Will "Away Mode" Alexa skills really work?
The idea may look stupid, but according to Jim Bueermann, a senior Californian police chief, and the current police chief president, Away Mode can work to keep burglars away.
Andrea Collins, Hippo Insurance Manager for Brand Marketing, added that deviation would not be considered a serious security tool. However, the company hopes that Alexa's skills will make people talk about home delivery and other ways to protect unattended homes.
It should also be noted that the call in balance mode does not last long, with most of those running for only about an hour. It's enough time for a quick case, but it will not keep home safe overnight.
In addition, if users continue to play the same conversation, burglars will eventually look through the trick and discover that there are crazy resident mothers inside.
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