Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

How to create custom Amazon Alexa Skills without any coding knowledge

Amazon's new 'Alexa Blueprints' let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses Alexa Blueprints allow you to create simple Skills without coding
Mandy Jefferson | 20 April, 2018, 00:38

"You don't need experience building skills or coding to get started-my family created our own jokes skill in a matter of minutes, and it's been a blast to interact with Alexa in a totally new and personal way".

The Alexa Skill Blueprints framework includes a variety of templates for trivia games, jokes, house guests, and short stories.

The Skill Blueprints program, which is rolling out today to Amazon Echo devices, allow owners to create their own "personalized" skills and responses for Alexa.

At launch, there are over 20 templates across categories like Fun & Games, At Home, Storyteller, and Learning & Knowledge. You can also use Echo Spot to start a voice or video call, or send a message to a supported Echo device or the Alexa App-simply say, "Alexa, call Dad", or "Alexa, send a message to Mary".

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. Amazon has an Alexa Blueprints page set up with 21 templates (more to come).

How do you find your custom Alexa skills?

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Once named, all that is left to do is to hit the "Create Skill" button.

Put an Echo Spot in each room so you can drop in on the kitchen to ask when dinner will be ready, or drop in on the family room to see how homework is going. For the example of the Quiz skill, the user must choose how Alexa will introduce the Quiz, greet players, respond to their quiz answers, and respond to a player winning the quiz. Echo Spot can also directly connect to speakers through Bluetooth or using a 3.5mm stereo cable, enabling you to add Alexa to your home entertainment system.

Are there any example custom Alexa Skills?

Once you're done editing content and experience, name your skill and then click Next: Create Skill.

If you're in the US, this functionality is available right now, but if you're elsewhere it seems you might be able to access it by changing your Alexa language settings to "English US" in your Alexa app (although we haven't been able to verify this ourselves just yet).

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