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2. Office > 36. Silence the House when You’re on the Phone

Silence the House when You’re on the Phone

Sometimes your smart home can seem dumb, such as when it starts making announcements or playing sounds while you’re on the phone. Use this hack to teach it to know better.

If your home automation computer announces important events when they occur, such as visitors coming to the front door [Hack #74] or the latest weather alerts [Hack #64] , you’ll occasionally find that it speaks at inappropriate times, such as when you’re on the phone. When this happens, you’ll be either annoyed or bemused at having to explain to your caller where that robotic voice is coming from [Hack #28] . In either event, you’ll wish your home automation system would simply shush when it knows you’re on a call.


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