There are endless uses to Alexa- Amazon’s virtual assistant present in homes and on their Echo devices- whether it be providing the weather, news, background music or information Alexa has you covered. But Amazon wants to take Alexa’s functionality a step further, introducing Alexa Skill Blueprint, a way for users to create customized skills or question/answers that will be exclusive on their Alexa device. You don’t have to have any coding experience to create new skills on Alexa, and Amazon provides more than 20 templates in different categories including Storyteller, At Home, Learning & Knowledge, and Fun & Games to name a few.
After setting up the template, you can publish it and make it available to all Alexa devices linked to your Amazon account (it won’t be accessible to the general public or the Alexa Skills Store, so no worries there!). New skills have the potential to make life even easier, perhaps setting up instructions for a babysitter, reading a bedtime story, or setting up your own trivia games to play. The potential for customizability will potentially encourage more buyers to buy Amazon’s Echo products . It’s competitors, Apple’s Homepod and Google Home, have nothing that compares to this level of customization and will probably scramble to innovate something similar or new to follow suit.
What would you create as a new skill for Alexa? I think my favorite suggestions are creating a dad joke prompt or trivia game to play with friends. Either way, this new release is setting a new standard for at home AI devices. There is the possibility to use the data collected to create new apps, so I’m looking forward to seeing the developments that come from this new feature, both in technology as well as customer experience. Amazon is setting the standard by giving customers the attention and personalization they want in their products and customer service.
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