Why Alexa's "away mode" makes your home safer when you're away

posted by Mark Robertson - 

 A new Alexa skill called Away Mode lets you go into Kevin McCallister mode. Created by smart home insurance company Hippo, the new Alexa skill aims to “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 Upright Citizens Brigade.”

… To try it out, just 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.

… Hippo says it created this marketing stunt Alexa skill to get people talking about how to protect their homes.

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