According to The Verge report, Amazon has introduced a new feature that lets its AI assistant finish tasks proactively around the house. It can complete tasks such as turning off lights, based on your habits and everyday requirements. As per the report, the US tech giant has launched a latest feature known as hunches. The report states that Alexa, Amazon’s AI assistant, will skip asking for permission for a task and just do. The only requirement is that the new proactive hunches are enabled. Alexa has been sensing these habits and asking about them since 2018. Amazon names them acehunches. However, before this update, Alexa would ask for go-ahead before acting on something.
As per the report, proactive hunches appear like they could make Alexa a lot more beneficial. However, having granular controls over what Alexa can automatically act on will be significant. Apart from new Alexa abilities, Amazon is also launching its Guard Plus security subscription service. If Alexa picks up on certain types of sounds in your home, the service can alert you. Then it offers access to human agents who can call emergency services on your behalf. In the Alexa app, users can sign up for Guard Plus. It will cost $4.99 per month.
Apart from this, Amazon has introduced an energy dashboard to the Alexa app that can regulate and estimate how much power compatible devices linked to Alexa use if their manufacturers support it. This can consist of anything from TVs to water heaters. On its site, Amazon has a complete list of compatible products about the new dashboard.