Alexa Guard Keeps US Homes Safe From Fire, Intruders

Alexa Guard Now Available on All Echo Speakers in the US

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. As explained on the official website, when you are heading out, simply say "Alexa, I'm leaving" to get alerts about suspicious activities.

Amazon states "You can configure supported Echo devices to detect specific sounds you select, such as the sound of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and glass breaking". Away Lighting works with connected smart lights, plugs, and switches that are Works with Alexa-certified.

When it introduced its first kid-oriented voice assistant, together with colored versions of its Echo Dot speaker system amazon met with skepticism past year.

The revamped Echo Dot has a new look, with rounded edges, and packs more punch, with a 1.6-inch driver delivering 70-per cent-louder audio than the previous model.

Alexa Guard is available today across Amazon's line of Echo devices as a free service. Amazon tells us that Echo owners can set up and enable Amazon Guard features nearly instantly using the Alexa app.

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Should Alexa detect an alarm, you'll get a notification and a 10-second audio clip saved in the app, so you can listen in on the noise. It delivers down-firing, 100W of bass through its 6-inch woofer, and you can pair it with an Echo or two to create a 2.1 stereo system. It can also be used to simulate someone being in your home when you're away, to scare off any chancing burglars.

Amazon warns that Alexa Guard is not a replacement for an alarm system and that alerts are not monitored (absent a full security system, that is).

When enabled, Guard initiates what Amazon calls Smart Alerts. Users can activate Alexa Guard with the phrase "Alexa, I'm leaving".

Amazon's Echo Show (2nd Gen) is clearly among the cheapest smart speakers available on the market, but that's because it comes with a large display that offers users some extra functionality.

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