I have an extra Alexa unit from my old office. I was debating setting it up in my loft but wondered if others had and whether they found them to be beneficial to renters or a deterrent in some way?
@Annette76 We have a google home in our space since we allow our guests to turn on the heat or AC with it. But I've noticed guests also use it to listen to music 🙂
I don't think it's a big deal if you don't have one though.
Hi @Kaylee18 are these smart speakers considered unauthorized recording devices? I got falsely accused of having one in my unit but I have yet to see any evidence from Airbnb on what the guest was talking about. Maybe it was our Alexa ?
On the website they state the following:
What's considered a security camera or a recording device
Any mechanism that can be used to capture or transmit audio, video, or still images is subject to these rules. This includes, but is not limited to, things like wifi cameras (for example, Nest Cam or Dropcam), nanny cameras, web cameras in computer monitors, baby monitors, mounted or installed surveillance systems, decibel and device monitors, and smart phones with video and/or audio recording capabilities.
Based on their definition, I would not include Google Home or Alexa device in there.
I also had a guest accuse me of having a recording device, when it was an iHome thermostat reader LOL... You will most likely be fine
Not for guests. But I have one in my locked housekeeping room which my housekeepers use to add supplies to my villa shopping list, which is extremely handy as it’s all in one list on my Alexa app when I’m placing my orders from my office.
My smart TVs have built-in Alexa feature and that’s quite enough for my guests if they choose to use it, I have a laminate of instructions for things Alexa can do on the TV, like play music, check local forecast, etc.
yes, meanwhile most modern articles like TV, cars, ... have a built in smart system like alexa, apple carplay, ... so it is state of the art.
Guest which dont want it should be told how they can deactivate these devices, if wanted.
Nonhuman things that talk to me CREEP ME OUT. (Actually some humans do too but that’s another issue.)
Obviously I’m a fossil, but I vividly remember a science fiction story in which a computerized house decided that the best thing to do was kill the dog who made messes inside, and that worked so well it disposed of the people too.
After that its job was wonderfully easy. After all, it was programmed for maximum efficiency.