Avid trackers of Santa Claus’ progress traveling the globe have a new avenue to keep an eye on Saint Nick’s progress this week: Amazon’s digital brain Alexa.
Here’s how it works, according to travel company Kayak, which built the new Santa tracking ability into its Alexa skill: “Simply start by saying to Alexa, ‘Alexa, ask Kayak to track Santa.’ Using a combination of navigation software, algorithms and insider-elf intelligence from North Pole Central Command, Alexa uses Kayak’s Flight Tracker to pinpoint Kris Kringle’s location during his holiday flight.”
Users can ask when Santa is coming to their location or pick a specific city. Unfortunately, for people who procrastinated on their letters this year, Alexa can’t pass messages directly to him.
Santa tracking is big business these days. NORAD is the originator, tracking Santa for more than 60 years. Tech giants like Google are now keeping an eye on the jolly one’s progress as well. Thanks to Zillow, we even know his home is valued at close to $657,000 and sits on 25 acres and features old-world charm and modern-day amenities, thanks to a 2013 remodel.