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Amazon Alexa 'threw a party on its own' in an empty flat

Amazon Alexa at its worst behavior.

  • Updated: November 13, 2017 4:33 PM IST
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Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa is supposed to make life easier, a man in Germany recently discovered it doesn’t always quite work out that way – after his Alexa device decided to hold a party on its own while he was away. Oliver Haberstroh said the Alexa device started playing deafening music on its own.

In a long Facebook post, Oliver Haberstroh claims that his Amazon Alexa personal assistant started playing loud music on its own at 2:00AM in the morning without any instructions from him. Angry neighbors called the police after they were woken up by the noise coming from his flat. When Oliver Haberstroh returned to his apartment near Hamburg early next morning he found his key no longer fit the door lock. Oliver Haberstroh had to pick up the new key at the police station, as well as accept a hefty bill for the locksmith.

“While I was relaxed and enjoying a beer, Alexa managed on her own, without command and without me using my mobile phone, to switch on at full volume and have her own party in my apartment.” “She decided to have it at a very inconvenient time, between 1.50am and3am. My neighbours called the police,” he wrote on Facebook. ALSO READ: Amazon makes Alexa ‘desi’ with support for Hinglish 

Police knocked on the door and received no answer, after which they called a locksmith to break it open to find no one inside. The cops turned the music off, replaced the lock with a new one, which obviously left Haberstroh confused when he arrived home the next morning. ALSO READ: Google Assistant to take over Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Samsung Bixby by 2021: Report

Mirror.co.uk quoted an Amazon spokesperson as saying, “Working directly with the customer, we have identified the reason for the incident. “Echo was remotely activated and the volume increased through the customer’s third-party mobile music-streaming app.” “Although the Alexa cloud service worked flawlessly, Amazon has offered the customer to cover the cost for the incident.”

In India, the first set of Alexa-powered devices includes the Amazon Echo, priced at Rs 6,999, Amazon Echo Plus, priced at Rs 10,499, and Amazon Echo Dot, priced at Rs 3,149.

  • Published Date: November 13, 2017 4:33 PM IST
  • Updated Date: November 13, 2017 4:33 PM IST