Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Amazon helps Alexa users create skills with new blueprints

Amazon helps Alexa users create skills with new blueprints

By using a set of easy-to-use templates, now anyone can create customized experiences for Alexa within minutes. The platform Alexa Skill Blueprints provides templates for users to fill in responses for the software for use in common situations. "The skills you create are specially designed for you and your family, and will only appear on the devices registered to your Amazon account".

You can start playing around with Alexa Blueprints in the USA starting today.

Blueprints join a series of voice apps available for Amazon's Alexa, including flash briefings for news, smart home skills, and visual skills for Echo Show and Echo Dot. Getting Started with Alexa Skill Blueprints: 1.

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With the the new Alexa Skill Blueprints, Amazon is giving the average layperson the option to program basic Alexa skills, like answering the question, "Who is the best mom ever?" The blueprints will also give you a quick way to create a list of your family's inside jokes and even spin an adventure story with a family member as the hero. It only takes minutes to create a customized skill, says Amazon, which includes pre-filled content for each Blueprint that can be used or replaced by the device owner.

After selecting which Blueprint you want to work with, you'll be able to quickly edit the questions and responses to your exact liking. Then with just one click, your skill will be available on all Alexa-enabled devices associated with your Amazon account. Flashcard or quiz Blueprints can be created to help you study.

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