Alexa Skill Blueprints - Create your own Family Trivia Game

Alexa Skill Blueprints - Create your own Family Trivia Game

Alexa Skill Blueprints - Create your own Family Trivia Game

"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". As Amazon notes, the skills Alexa users create are specially designed for that person and their family members, and will only appear on the devices registered to the owners Amazon account.

The Alexa software, most often found in Amazon's Echo-branded speakers, already has thousands of custom applications, called Skills, built by independent software developers and corporate technologists.

While there are a plethora of Alexa skills-humor, trivia, cooking, sports, productivity, smart home, and more-making it easier for consumers to create their own skills should help keep Amazon maintain its competitive advantage against Google Assistant and other challengers in the digital assistant space.

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The skill could take any form including a custom joke response to an Alexa question like "who's the best dad in the world", and loads of others, The Verge reports. Each blueprint comes with pre-filled content that can be used as-is or customised, meaning you can edit the examples or add your own. Just ask Alexa to open your new skill.

By using a set of easy-to-use templates, now anyone can create customized experiences for Alexa within minutes.

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The skills you create can be very straightforward or somewhat complex. Depending on which blueprint you select, you'll be taken to a separate webpage for that particular framework with additional information on it.

Once you've done that you can then pick from a variety of templates (aka blueprints) and begin crafting your own responses.

Twenty one templates were available on Thursday, and Amazon says that selection will grow.

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).

For now, Alexa Blueprints are only available to customers in the United States.

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