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Amazon’s Alexa can now bark at intruders and thieves, here’s how

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At its annual Alexa hardware event, Amazon unveiled a slew of products and services. While new Echo speakers and Fire Stick devices were launched, Amazon also announced a service called Guard Plus, which is a premium version of its free feature called Guard in the Alexa app.
Explaining about Guard Plus, Amazon on its blog said, “While you’re away, Alexa can turn on and off smart bulbs, plugs, and switches you select to make it look like someone is home and, when your camera detects motion, Alexa can play the sound of a dog barking from your Echo to scare off potential intruders.”
Also, if Alexa detects sounds that could be an intruder – like footsteps, doors closing, or glass breaking – she can play a siren on the Echo and send you a Smart Alert phone notification. Alexa can also notify you if she detects the sound of smoke alarms or carbon monoxide alarms, Amazon said.
Guard Plus gives you access to an Emergency Helpline you can call with just your voice. Say, “Alexa, call for help” to reach trained emergency response agents who can help you request an ambulance, or contact the police or fire department.
Amazon Guard Plus will be rolled out in the US later this year. For the Guard Plus, users will have to pay $49 per year or $4.99 per year.
Amazon, meanwhile, has rolled out new Echo devices which now boast a ball-like design. Apart from that new Fire TV Stick devices were also unveiled by the tech giant.

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