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Google Me, Chuck

by M.G. Siegler


‘Alexa Blueprints’ let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses

Sarah Perez:

Amazon this morning is introducing “Alexa Blueprints,” a new way for any Alexa owner to create their own customized Alexa skills or responses, without needing to know how to code. The idea is to allow Alexa owners to create their own voice apps, like a trivia game or bedtime stories, or teach Alexa to respond to questions with answers they design – like “Who’s the best mom in the world?,” for example.
You could also create a skill that includes helpful information for the babysitter, which could be triggered by the command, “Alexa, open My Sitter,” Amazon suggests.
“Alexa Skill Blueprints is an entirely new way for you to teach Alexa personalized skills just for you and your family,” explained Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa, in a statement about the launch. “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.”

Such a simple thing, yet so brilliant. This type of thing strikes me as exactly the reason why Amazon is winning this race right now

As does all of this. A key one: with “Memory” you're effectively able to “teach” Alexa things, that she’ll retain and recall.


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