Deter Would-Be Burglars With This Alexa Skill Written By Former SNL Writers – Info Computing

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Growing up, my mom would always turn on NPR when we would leave the house. Her idea was that if a potential burglar was scoping out the place they would hear the radio and either think the speakers were in the house, or at the very least think there was someone at home listening to the broadcast. I'm not sure how accurate that idea is, but our house never got broken into so I'm going to say it was successful practice.

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A new skill got a bit of press this week for essentially doing the same thing, although in a bit of a different way. The skill Away Mode plays audio tracks that sound like they're actual conversations. The idea being that you would set one to play when you headed out for the afternoon and would-be burglars will hear the recording and think that it's actual people inside your house having a conversation.

The skill has seven pre-recorded audio tracks built in that sounds like they're actually conversations — ridiculous conversations. Highlights include hits like “Couple Has Breakup While Also Trying to Watch TV,” and “Mom Walks Daughter Through Assembling a Malm Dresser Over the Phone.”

The tracks were written by comedy writers from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, SNL, and UCB, so they're all pretty funny.

Unfortunately, they're not super long. Each track runs for about an hour, so it works for a quick errand run, but won't keep your house safe for an overnight getaway. The audio also isn't the strongest quality in some cases, and when it is sometimes the acting isn't all that great.

For a quick audio track to play while you're stepping out for a minute though, it can do that trick. Or you could also just be like my mom and throw on NPR.

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