Alexa's "Away Mode" skill uses recorded conversations to make burglars flee your empty home

A new free "Away Mode" skill available for Alexa, plays one of several long, humorous, and phony conversations in an attempt to trick a burglar into thinking that there are people at home. Created by Hippo Insurance, the conversations were created by writers who have written for Saturday Night Live and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. According to the Alexa app, "It’s like that scene from Home Alone, except instead of cardboard cutouts, it’s insufferable conversations."

The conversations that users get to choose from include:

  • Mom​ ​Walks​ ​Daughter​ ​Through​ ​Assembling​ ​a​ ​Malm​ ​Dresser​ ​Over​ ​the​ ​Phone.
  • Couple​ ​Has​ ​Breakup​ ​While​ ​Also​ ​Trying​ ​to​ ​Watch​ TV.
  • Two​ ​Average Guys​ ​Brainstorm​ ​What’s​ ​Unique​ ​About​ ​Themselves​ ​so​ ​They Can Start a Podcast About It.
  • Passionate Argument Over Rules of Complicated Board Game.
  • Emergency​ ​PTA​ ​Meeting​ ​to​ ​Discuss​ ​Memes,​ ​Fidget​ ​Spinners,​ ​and​ ​Other​ ​Teen​ ​Fads.
While 36% of users reviewing the skill gave it the top five-star rating, 31% rated it only one-star. Our fear is that it could backfire and the conversation becomes so interesting that the burglar lingers inside your home to hear how it all plays out.

Once you enable the "Away Mode" for your Alexa powered device, you can start it by saying "Alexa, run Away Mode."

source: Amazon



1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Now the burglars knows:(

2. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

But a burglar won't stick around to find out if it's a person.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

He mean the burglars know because they've read this article.

6. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yeah most of them wouldn't. And even then it's still a big risk to take.

4. Cyberchum

Posts: 1116; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And 2 meant the burglar wouldn't stick to find out how it ends if they thought it's an actual live conversation.

5. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Nah, all they have done is point out to the burglar where the alexa is so that they can steal it.

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