Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Research | By Dana Schwartz

Amazon lets you create Alexa Skills with Alexa Skill Blueprints

Amazon lets you create Alexa Skills with Alexa Skill Blueprints

"Alexa Skill Blueprints is an entirely new way for you to teach Alexa personalised skills just for you and your family", explained Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa, in a statement about the launch. Below, a video from Alexa developers shows how users can create a family trivia skill.

Head to blueprints.amazon.com to start making some skills.

Blueprints launches today for Alexa users in the United States and includes 20 kinds of skills templates. Custom skills you make are tied specifically to account, meaning they'll only work on Echo speakers that you own. 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. Kids have readily taken to Alexa, and today there are almost 500 public Alexa skills built for kids alone.

For this example, I am using the "Quiz" blueprint.

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A great one to start with is personal Q&A, which lets you create answers to any questions you choose to ask. Each blueprint will have some information pre-entered into the form. There's a default list and you can edit them or add new ones.

Once you have entered the content, click the "Next: Experience" button at the top right-hand corner of the screen.

"I see Alexa Blueprints as Amazon's way of trying to boost the number and quality of third-party apps available for its Alexa platform, and Blueprints should help Amazon increase the breadth and quality of third-party Alexa apps", he told TechNewsWorld.

Alexa can talk to you and play music on Echo Spot through the built-in 2W speaker. The integration enables Amazon Echo users to quickly search for flights using simple voice instructions. "All it will take to make this a PR win is a couple of YouTube videos of creative and amusing skills that a few people add to their speakers", Crandall added. The skills and responses you create with Alexa Skill Blueprints will be available instantly on the devices associated with the user's account.

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