People have been trying many different tricks in order to scare away potential burglars. Some leave the TV on while they are not at home and some other might get help from CCTV cameras. There are also other tricks that people try. A lot of homeowners have a friend pick up the mails, leave the lights on and park a car in front of the driveway while on a trip or something. However, not always these tricks work plus nowadays with all the technology and smart home devices available there are better ways to protect your home. Read this article to see how this new Alexa skill is going to help you with that.
The new Alexa skill
Remember Alexa speaker? The Amazon company has recently added a new skill to this smart home device which scares away the burglars. In order to enable this feature all you need to do is setting the device on “Away” mode. This feature includes playing long audio clips which can trick potential burglars into thinking somebody is home. Alexa speaker has around 6 absurd conversations.
The new Alexa skill idea belongs to Hippo Insurance. Hippo Insurance, which has created this new feature, is a San Francisco-based home insurance firm. According to USA Today “Users can ask Alexa to play Away Mode, and it will play recorded conversations like a couple breaking up while trying to watch TV, a frustrated mom explaining to her daughter how to assemble IKEA furniture over the phone or two average guys talking about what makes them unique because they want to start a podcast. ”
How the new Alexa skill was born
As mentioned, Hippo Insurance came up with this idea. They wanted to create funny and ordinary conversations so they set the topics and partnered with comedy writers from popular television shows and clubs like SNL (Saturday Night Live).
While the idea might seem too simple and somehow silly to many, the police believe that it can actually work. An officer from California has stated that a dedicated burglar can eventually find out it’s just the TV or radio and nobody is at home. However, a speaker which plays audio clips containing authentic conversations can easily trick them by creating an illusion that there are people talking inside.