Alexa is Amazon’s voice service and the brain behind millions of devices including Amazon Echo. Alexa provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to create a more personalised experience. There are now thousands of skills available in Australia and New Zealand, from brands like Qantas, Westpac, Sky TV, NAB, Taste.com.au, TheFork, SBS News, as well as innovative designers and developers.
With the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), designers, developers, and brands can build engaging skills and reach millions of customers. ASK is a collection of self-service APIs, tools, documentation, and code samples that make it fast and easy for you to add skills to Alexa. With ASK, you can leverage Amazon’s knowledge and pioneering work in the field of voice design.
You can build and host most skills for free using Amazon Web Services (AWS). You can also apply to receive AWS promotional credits.
Natural user interfaces, such as those based on speech, represent the next major disruption in computing. With Alexa, you can take advantage of this new form of interaction.
Engage with your customers through voice on devices with Alexa including Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Fire TV devices, and all devices powered by the Alexa Voice Service.
Delight your audience with a completely new way to interact with your service. Customers don't need to use their hands; all they have to do is ask Alexa.
The Alexa Skills Kit is a low-friction way to learn to build for voice. Create your first Alexa skill and add a valuable new skill to your developer toolkit. You can get a prototype up and running in just a few hours.
You can use your existing cloud-based service to get started. Or you can leverage AWS Lambda, which makes it easy to build a cloud-based service that responds quickly to a voice request.
ASK is free to use and AWS Lambda is free for the first one million calls per month. And Alexa skill developers can apply to receive AWS promotional credits to be put toward their Alexa skills.
ASK supports command-oriented skills as well as sophisticated multi-command dialogues and parameter passing. You can build the following types of skills with ASK.
These skills provide original content for customers’ flash briefings. The Flash Briefing Skill API defines the words customers say to invoke the flash briefing or news request (utterances) and the format of the content so that Alexa can provide it to the customer. Learn more >>
A successful Alexa skill starts with well-designed voice user interface (VUI). Engaging voice experiences are based on natural language and the fundamentals of human conversation. Check out the Amazon Alexa Voice Design Guide and watch Voice Design 101 to learn how to design for the ear, not for the eye.