Smart speakers, which are entering more and more homes, may have unsuspected uses. One of these devices alerted the police that a violent domestic dispute was taking place in a New Mexico residence, US media reported.
The story hit the headlines last week in the United States. A man allegedly threatened his spouse with a firearm in addition to physically attacking her. The suspect then asked, “Did you call the sheriff? A nearby smart speaker heard hia voice command and dialed 911.
Upon arrival, the police managed to release the wife and daughter from the house, but the suspect refused to surrender. A negotiating team and the tactical squad were called to the scene. The man was arrested after several hours of confrontation.
The smart speaker has potentially saved a life, according to Manuel Gonzales III, sheriff of Bernalillo County, where the event unfolded. “This incredible technology has certainly helped save a mother and child from a very violent situation,” he told ABC News.
This is not the first time that a smart speaker is involved in a court case. Last December, James Andrew Bates was charged with murder after a man was found dead in his hot tub in Arkansas. During their investigation, the police asked Amazon to give them the data associated with the Amazon Echo smart speaker that was in the room at the time of the alleged facts. Amazon initially refused, but finally agreed to the authorities’ request after Bates said he had no objection to the police investigating the data.