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Away Mode

Protect your home with this awkward Alexa skill

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Daniel Greenberg
Maker
Hey Product Hunters 👋 @gabriel_whaley and I are super excited to share this new Alexa skill with the community. We teamed up with Hippo Insurance and writers from SNL and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to build this skill. Alexa skills can be used for so many pointless things, like telling you facts about eggs, and making fart noises 💨 but today we are launching a funny, but useful, skill. Simple say “Alexa, enable away mode”, and one of seven hilariously cringe-worthy, yet believable, tracks of fake conversations will play. Turn the volume up, and feel comfortable leaving your apartment, knowing that any potential robber will be scared off, thinking someone is still at home and is absolutely insufferable. We will be here all day to answer questions, listen to your feedback, or just talk about what’s on your mind 🙏
Hamilton Greene
@gabriel_whaley @15greenberg Alternatively, could there be a mode where it only starts the track if it hears something? Kinda like a normal alarm where you don't have it go off unless there's something that triggers it. Maybe slightly less "safe", but also may keep your neighbors from trying to avoid "that person in 7B" at all costs.
Daniel Greenberg
Maker
@sirhamy interesting thought - thank you for the feedback
Astghik A
Funny skill though :))) Do you pre-record anything, so that Alexa plays it in the stay away mode?
Daniel Greenberg
Maker
@astghik_azaryan yep! All 7 tracks were written in house and recorded in house.
Astghik A
@15greenberg I see, And the recorded texts are only in English?
Daniel Greenberg
Maker
@astghik_azaryan it is only english.. for now 😏
Roland Clifford
I get it ))
Daniel Greenberg
Maker
@roland_hovsepyan I’m glad 🤗
saadoon
This reminds me of Home Alone and it might actually work in real life
Daniel Greenberg
Maker
@sadon93 you geniussssssss! that was one of the biggest inspirations for this product. Here is the classic clip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpfOhYRYv80
Crislin Rozario
This is something good to have, i guess!
Daniel Greenberg
Maker
@crislinrozario99 it's not just good to have... it's grrrrrrreat (tony the tiger voice)
Crislin Rozario
@15greenberg Haha now that you make it sound like that. It definitely looks grrrrreat!! :D Kudos for launching this product!
Daniel Greenberg
Maker
@crislinrozario99 would love to know what you think
Amy Soyeon Kim
My mom would love this - she lives alone and is in and out of her place a lot. Nice!
Daniel Greenberg
Maker
@amysoyeonkim it's made for everyone
Ryan Selvy
An amazing idea. Funny and useful
Daniel Greenberg
Maker
@ryan_selvy thanks Ryan!
Boling Jiang
Brilliant - I love this idea. Well done @15greenberg and @gabriel_whaley
Daniel Greenberg
Maker
@gabriel_whaley @bolingj thanks bo
Greg Lawrence
This is just what I need to make sure not only do I wanted guests show up but also so ky dog feels like I am home having an existential breakdown like any other Wednesday.
Daniel Greenberg
Maker
@greg_lawrence :)
William Stoy
Whenever I leave my house for a few hours or more, I make complex, random light schedules, set my tv to play the sopranos (for the constant shouting and menacing tone), and hire someone from Craigslist to move cardboard cutouts of my family behind lit curtains to fool would-be-intruders. It’s a pain in the butt to be honest. This would be a godsend if it works.
Daniel Greenberg
Maker
@william_stoy I am proud to say that it does work!!
Tiger Wang ☻
can't wait to troll my neighbors with this! curious Q: how many actors did you hire to record all the content?
Daniel Greenberg
Maker
@tigerwang there were 25 voice actors and writers involved.
Dwayne Walker
This an awkwardly great idea!
Daniel Greenberg
Maker
@creativitypizza THANK YOU!!!
Guillaume Bardet
Very interesting idea guys! I can already think of actual use cases as well as countless pranks haha. Wishing you the best with this project.
Daniel Greenberg
Maker
@guillaumebardet thank you sooooo much
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