Amazon turns Echos into rudimentary home security devices with 'Alexa Guard' update


Updates to the internet giant's Alexa-infused Echo smart speakers will allow them to tend to microwave cooking and even have "hunches" regarding what users may want or have forgotten. Fast forward to today and Amazon is introducing a similar feature as part of its ' Alexa Guard' for Echo devices.

To enable Guard, just say "Alexa, I'm leaving", on your way out the door.

Alexa Guard takes advantage of far-field microphones in Echo devices to listen for triggers such as the sound of glass breaking and alarms from a smoke or carbon monoxide detector.

Amazon's Alexa Guard include is now taking off in the U.S., following a welcome just see that kept going a couple of months.

When it introduced its first kid-oriented voice assistant, together with colored versions of its Echo Dot speaker system amazon met with skepticism a year ago. You can remotely check what is going on by playing the detected sound from the app.

Amazon is now slowly rolling out Alexa Guard to all Echo owners. You will also be given the option to Drop In on your Echo device. If you have smart lights connected to your Echo devices, Alexa can turn them on and off to make it look like someone's home, but that and sound monitoring are the extent of Alexa Guard's capabilities when used on its own. When it arrives, you'll be able to enable it using the Alexa app on your smartphone. If the device hears something fishy, it sends a Smart Alert to their phone, which contains an audio recording of the incident. It won't sound an alarm or alert the authorities of a break-in. "You can review Alexa Guard audio recordings associated with your account and delete those recordings one by one or all at once by visiting Privacy in Settings in the Alexa app or Deleting Alexa Guard audio recordings may degrade your Alexa experience".

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).

Alexa Guard also gives Echo speakers another advantage over rivals from Google and Apple - and it's completely free. Customers can use their voices to arm and disarm their Ring, ADT Pulse, and ADT Control security systems.