Usually before you fall asleep, you would turn off the lights. However, sometimes you might be too tired and fall asleep without realizing it, and you’ve left the lights on through the night which can eventually rack up a pretty hefty electricity bill. Thankfully, if you have an Amazon Alexa-enabled device in your home, it can help you on that front.
According to a report from The Verge, it seems that Amazon has pushed out an update to Alexa in which it will now be capable of detecting when you’ve fallen asleep and will turn off your lights for you, assuming that you are using lights that can be controlled with Alexa. For long-time Alexa owners, this might sound like a familiar feature.
That’s because it is. It is based on the “hunches” feature from before, but the main difference is that it now does not require permission from the user. Before this, Alexa would ask the user for permission before taking action just to make sure that’s what the user wants. However, the update will now make Alexa more proactive.
Before you get too concerned about privacy and Alexa having more control that you’d like, users will have the option of choosing whether or not they want this to be enabled. This means that if you’re uncomfortable with Alexa being so proactive, you can opt not to use it. It’s a pretty nifty feature and the update should be rolling out to users as we speak.