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originally posted by: UKTruth
It's built into the device. It's Amazons way of laughing their assess off that anyone could be as stupid to put a recording device in their home and give up their entire private life just so they can turn the light on without getting up and flicking a switch.
Why would you go to all of that trouble? There is a button on the Amazon Echo to turn the microphone off.
originally posted by: FHomerK
a reply to: EchoesInTime
The ONLY way I'd own one of these things, is to setup a manner in which I could surround the unit with things emitting white noise, and essentially blocking the units ability to record your voice. As a programmer, I'd rig the devices emitting the noise to an app on my phone...
BUT WAIT....STUPID PEOPLE DESERVE THIS!!!!
I take everything back.... please post all of your Alexa exorcism stories.... PLEASE
According to Jeff Bezos, it's a hardware button, and various sources seem to agree from the teardowns A forum post at the EEVblog forums quotes a video featuring Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon: In this video about Jeff Bezos being interviewed by Walter Isaacson at around the 6 min mark, Bezos claims the mute button on the Amazon Echo is physically connected to the mic amplification circuit, making it impossible to enable again via software. This is also supported by a reddit thread in which it is said that "Basically it is a physical analog connection that cuts off circuit flow to the mic." Another commenter added: No voltage to mics when mute is on. You're correct as well about the state of mute being software controllable. That said, the state of the LED under the button is tied electrically to if the mics are on (same circuit), so there's no possible way the mics can be powered without you knowing it.
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