To build more in-depth custom business skills, Alexa developers will need to leverage the Skills API and custom code. This short tutorial demonstrates creating a family trivia game.
The new smart speaker comes in a smaller design compared to Amazon's other voice controlled devices, and includes a circular display screen to complement Alexa, the smart assistant that powers Echo devices.
At launch, there are over 20 templates across categories like Fun & Games, At Home, Storyteller, and Learning & Knowledge. If you have more than one Echo, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).
Any blueprint-made skills you make will show up on the "Skills You've Made" section of the blueprints website. The first thing you'll need to do is fill in the content for the skill.
When you're ready to build, simply click the "Make Your Own" button toward the top of the blueprint page.
A week after showcasing Alexa to over 10 thousand local industry members, Amazon has moved to further expand its voice capabilities in Australia, making its latest Echo product available for pre-order.
The custom questions and answers are surely going to keep Alexa users busy tinkering with the new feature for a while.
Amazon just released a new way for Alexa users to customize their experience with the virtual assistant.
"Alexa Skill Blueprints is an entirely new way for you to teach Alexa personalized skills just for you and your family", said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa.
Are there any example custom Alexa Skills?
Users without tech or coding skills can create custom responses to questions. When I'm able to customize Alexa's responses to my questions, that's where I change a tune.
Each page features two sections: "How to create", with steps on building that particular skill, and "How to use", which explains the process for using the skill. When you're finished, the skill will be available on all Alexa-enabled devices with your account; they won't be available to the general public.