Amazon Echo ‘s ‘ Distance’ Mode to Alexa skill tricks burglars think you are home

Kevin McCallister of Home Alone had a number of ingenious methods of keeping burglars at a distance. A new Alexa skill called Remote Mode, you can easily in the service of one of his tactics.

Created by smart home insurance company Hippo, the new Alexa skill will “make use of the strength of the human clumsiness to ward off unwanted visitors, the company wrote. “It’s like a scene from Home Alone, but instead of cardboard cutouts, it is insufferable conversations, written by the writers of SNL, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and UCB.”

Hippo says that it made this hilarious marketing stunt Alexa skill to talk to people about how to protect their homes. To try it out, simply say “Alexa, turn on Away Mode” and the skill will begin with the playing of hours of audio on your smart speaker to make it sound like people are home.


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In one 68-minute track, a woman walks with her daughter through the compilation of a dresser via the phone.

“You put the cylinders in the holes,” says the woman.

In another clip, a few breaks as the TV blares in the background:

“Oh, and Roger’s come to me, too,” the woman says.

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

“I took him! I took him to get shots! I have paid for the vet costs! He is of me! Plus, if I leave him with you, you’ll never scoop a nest, it will be a health hazard for both of you,” the woman says.

Other tracks show a ” book club, meeting, where everything except the book will be discussed,” an “emergency PTA meeting to discuss memes, fidget, spinners, and other teen fads,” and a “stay at home mom who simply no deal.”

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