Sometime last year, I talked about a man whose life was saved by his Apple Watch. If you don’t know, the watch detected his colision and sent a text to his son and the paramedics. Turns out your home assistants (Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home) have features to keep you safe as well.

It turns out, Alexa can very closely mimic an AED, with the exception of shocking people. Like most AEDs, she’ll very clearly have you contact emergency services first before telling you how to do chest compressions. She’ll then give you a beat to do copressions to. There are some apps for the device that you can “ask” for instructions, but Alexa has the built in command “Alexa, activate emergency CPR.” After some digging around, I couldn’t quite find the same application on the Google Home, but there are some apps that you can download for your Google Home that also tell you how to perform CPR.

Speaking of apps for the devices, Ask My Buddy is a free app for Alexa, Google Home, and Cortana that lets you set up a personal network. Once you’ve got your network set up, you can have your assistant “Ask My Buddy” to do things such as alert your contacts you need help or let them know that you’re okay. You can alert everyone or specific contacts. Because Ask My Buddy is an emergency system, it will alert your contacts through email, text, and voice information, or at least what information you have provided for the contact. It’s pretty determined to let someone know you need help. The one downside is that there are limits to how many messages can be sent out on the free account. However, it’s only $6 a month for the “Premium Plan” that allows 400 messages per month. I personally doubt most people would send out more than 10 emergency messages within a month though. Just something to consider.

Still, you smart speaker assistants can be very valuable in an emergency, they just may need a little help from an app. That’s still only a little hassle for the sake of a loved one.

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