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Amazon's Echo can now detect when someone is breaking into your home

Amazon's Echo can now detect when someone is breaking into your home”

Alexa, is someone breaking into my house?

Amazon's Echo Show (2nd Gen) is clearly among the cheapest smart speakers available on the market, but that's because it comes with a large display that offers users some extra functionality.

USA users can set up the free feature from a mobile device: Open the latest version of the Alexa app, navigate to the settings menu, and select "Guard".

First, you have to enable the feature in the Alexa app on your iOS or Android. If you have smart lights connected to your Echo devices, Alexa can turn them on and off to make it look like someone's home, but that and sound monitoring are the extent of Alexa Guard's capabilities when used on its own. These notifications will include an audio clip, so you can hear for the noise yourself.

"When you receive a Smart Alert from Alexa, it is up to you to decide what action, if any, to take", according to Amazon. You can, however, connect Alexa Guard to a professionally-monitored security system (for example, Ring Alarm or ADT Pulse) which then allows Smart Alerts to be forwarded to the security service provider. It uses machine learning to determine the right lighting activity for your home based on lighting use by other customers at the time.

The new defense system is compatible with the entire family of Echo devices. Amazon has set up a page dedicated to Alexa Guard on its website, which features smart lighting, Ring Alarm, and ADT bundles that will get you outfitted to use Alexa Guard either with or without a professional security system. Like when your cat accidentally knocks that attractive antique vase off the counter. On-screen instructions will then take you through setting it up on a device.

God help the user whose affair is exposed over a broken wine glass...



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