Away Mode is an Alexa skill that tricks unwanted visitors into thinking someone insufferable is home.
PCMAGJust say 'Alexa, enable Away Mode,' and the skill will start playing hours of audio on your smart speaker to make it sound like people are home. In one 68-minute track, a woman walks her daughter through assembling a dresser over the phone.
USA TODAYSAN FRANCISCO - Homeowners have always come up with clever ways to scare away potential burglars. They leave the television on while they're away, install dummy cameras or plant the classic "BEWARE OF DOG" sign in the front yard, even though it's just a teacup poodle in the backyard.
The Next WebFor centuries, homeowners have relied on increasingly novel ways to deter would-be home invaders: From motion-sensing lights to dummy cameras, or even "beware of dog" signs that, let's be honest, aren't fooling anyone who has ever met your four pound Yorkie. But it's a new Alexa skill that might be your best bet yet.
MashableYou can get smart lights and plugs to simulate you being home when you're out, but that costs a lot of money. The fix? If you have an Amazon Echo or Alexa-enabled speaker this new "Away Mode" skill by Hippo might be the saving grace that doesn't break the bank.
Digital TrendsA new Alexa skill plays spoken conversations when you're out - useful for deterring potential house burglars. Designed more as a bit of fun and to prompt people to review their home security setup, "Away Mode" offers a choice of quirky conversation topics written by SNL comedy writers, among others.
Fox NewsKevin McCallister from Home Alone had some ingenious methods of keeping burglars at bay. A new Alexa skill called Away Mode lets you easily employ one of his tactics. Created by smart home insurance company Hippo, the new Alexa skill aims to "harnesses the power of human awkwardness to ward off unwanted visitors," the company wrote.
FortuneThis Amazon Alexa skill tries to keep intruders away by playing these conversations
TechCrunchSome people leave lights, music or the TV on when they're away from home in an attempt to ward off burglars, but a new Alexa skill called "Away Mode" has a different idea. Instead of lights and noises, you can keep your home safe from unwanted visitors by playing lengthy audio tra...