Amazon announced Tuesday morning that it is rolling out a new feature to all Echo devices in the U.S. Alexa Guard turns your Echo into a security device when no one is home by enabling them to listen for sounds that might indicate danger or an intruder.
Alexa Guard is a free service, but it's not supported on third-party Alexa-powered smart speakers, so you'll need at least one Amazon Echo to get started.
To enable Guard, just say "Alexa, I'm leaving", on your way out the door. Users can get automatic alerts when the device detects the sound of a smoke alarm, a carbon monoxide alarm, or glass breaking after you've told it that you're out of town.
Note: The Alexa app uses your zip code for Away Lighting, so it can smartly turn on your lights when it's nighttime in your neighborhood. It's a strong value-add feature for Echo users, and it doesn't cost anything extra.
The new defense system is compatible with the entire family of Echo devices.
Alexa Guard is available today across Amazon's line of Echo devices as a free service.
First, you have to enable the feature in the Alexa app on your iOS or Android. You will also be given the option to Drop In on your Echo device. These notifications will include an audio clip, so you can hear for the noise yourself.
U.S. 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". Amazon takes note of that Alexa Guard isn't meant to be a trade for a caution framework, and it can't alarm experts.
Created with the best of intentions, I'm sure, Alexa Guard seems ripe for false alarms.
Notwithstanding tuning in, Alexa Guard can likewise copy your every day brilliant light use, exchanging the lights on and off to influence it to appear as though you're home. The new platform is called Alexa Guard and it's now available for all Echo device owners, with no additional fee or monthly subscription.