Alexa meets SNL: New Smart Home Skill Seeks to Keep Homes Safe

This week Amazon announced that Alexa has some new tricks up her sleeve — tricks that will hopefully scare away any intruders who want to break into your house.

This new skill is called “Away Mode” and it enables Alexa to play 68-minute audio clips on your speakers to make it sound like people are at home. The software was developed by Hippo, a smart home insurance company. According to them, Away Mode, “harnesses the power of human awkwardness to ward off unwanted visitors.”

“It’s like that scene from Home Alone, except instead of cardboard cutouts, it’s insufferable conversations written by the writers of SNL, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and UCB,” the company wrote on Amazon.

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Kenan Thompson from SNL tries to speak to Alexa.

The audio clips feature a bunch of uncomfortable, pain-staking scenarios most people would want to escape. One clip features a couple who is in the middle of a bad break up and are fighting over who gets custody of the cat.

“Oh, and Roger’s coming with me, too,” the woman says.

“What? What? You don’t even … you don’t even take care of him anymore,” the man says.

“I adopted him! I took him to get shots! I paid for the vet fees! He’s mine! Plus, if I leave him with you, you’ll never scoop his litter, it’ll be a health hazard for the both of you.”

Other clips feature a bookclub that talks about everything but the book they are reading, a stay at home mom who’s fed up with life, and other awkward scenes.

If you’re going to leave town and you want more peace of mind, just say, “Alexa, enable Away Mode” before you run out the door. Perhaps that 68 minute-clip of an angry breakup on loop will scare off those unwanted intruders.

If so, it kind of makes you wonder what the neighbors might think.

Featured image courtesy of NBC. 

Adele Jackson-Gibson

Adele Jackson-Gibson

Adele Jackson-Gibson is a writer and multimedia content creator living in NYC. She got her graduate degree in journalism from NYU and her undergrad degree in French literature from Yale University. Her specialty is fitness and sports, but she nerds out about anime, video games and technology. She is passionate about helping people find peace of mind and lends that passion to her work at Security Baron.

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