5 New Alexa Updates That Make Your Home Smarter

Amazon's recent surprise event revealed over a dozen products. Not only did they release new products, but also several new Alexa commands too. Any Alexa-enabled device is able to use the new commands.


The Alexa update focuses a lot on home security. Her new commands can help keep your home safe.

Alexa Guard

One of the best features from the update is Alexa Guard. Using Amazon Echo devices, Alexa will listen for sounds that indicate danger. For instance, a carbon monoxide detector or glass breaking. If Alexa detects a "dangerous" sound, she will send an alert to your phone.

A command line like, "Alexa, I'm leaving" will turn on Alexa Guard.

Alexa Hunches

Alexa and its voice assistant competitors are focused on becoming smarter and more conversational. Amazon announced one more step in that direction Thursday with the introduction of Alexa Hunches.

It tries to mimic a human's hunch that you're forgetting something or something doesn't seem quite right. For example, if you say "Alexa, goodnight" but you've left a light on or door unlocked, Alexa will suggest to lock the door or turn off the light and do it for you.

Alexa Doorbell API

Alexa-enabled security cameras are getting the ability to work with the Amazon Cameras Recap API. his API allows you to view recorded video clips by saying, "Alexa, show the event that just happened at the back door."

This new Alexa feature currently works on the Amazon Echo Show, the Echo Spot, the Fire TV, and Fire tablets.

Before the Cameras Recap API, you could say things like, "Alexa, pull up the back door live feed" to view real-time video, but seeing saved clips wasn't an option. You'll also be able to see who is at your door and talk with them by saying, "Alexa talk to the back-door camera."

Away Lighting

A feature of Alexa Guard, Away Lighting intermittently turns on and off your smart lights to make it look like someone is home when you're away.

Alexa Guard uses machine learning to turn the lights on and off in patterns that appear natural, aiming to deter intruders.

Doorbell chime announcements

In addition to doorbell video expansions, Amazon also announced doorbell chime capability. If someone rings your smart doorbell, you'll hear a chime on all of your Echo devices.

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