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Thousands of designers, developers, and brands are building voice experiences for Alexa, Amazon’s voice service and the brain behind millions of devices including the Amazon Echo. The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) empowers anyone to leverage Amazon’s years of innovation in the field of voice design. ASK is a collection of self-service APIs, tools, documentation, and code samples that makes it fast and easy for you to add skills to Alexa.

There are tens of thousands of skills from companies like Jeopardy, Lyft, and Capital One as well as forward-thinking designers and developers. Here are the stories behind their innovations.

Featured Stories
Jeopardy! J6 for the fans at home

Fans of America's favorite game show can now play along at home. Complete with a greeting by Alex Trebek, J!6 serves up six new clues every day.

Bethesda's truly smart home

In this house, Alexa controls all the smart appliances including the TV, the lights, the ceiling fan, the thermostat, and even the window shades.

TorAlarm for German football fans

Brothers Maurice and Marcel Eisterhues built an app to help their dad keep up with his favorite soccer teams. They then brought the app to life with Alexa.

The Wayne Investigation

In The Wayne Investigation, Batman fans play detective, investigating the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents wth Alexa as their guide.

CloudStatus for AWS developers

Teen developer extraordinaire Kira Hammond created CloudStatus, an Alexa skill that summarizes updates on the AWS Service Health Dashboard.

An Alexa-controlled drone

For just $500, Joel Evans built a drone that takes off on voice command. Bonus: Alexa even says, "All your base are belong to us."

Games and Trivia Skills
The Magic Door to another world

Andy and Laura Huntwork started with an idea: "What would you ask Alexa to open that’s exciting, even magical?" Enter: The Magic Door.

The Wayne Investigation

In The Wayne Investigation, Batman fans play detective, investigating the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents wth Alexa as their guide.

Jeopardy! J6 for the fans at home

Fans of America's favorite game show can now play along at home. Complete with a greeting by Alex Trebek, J!6 serves up six new clues every day.

Earplay for interactive storytelling

Earplay serves up interactive audio stories that involve voice experiences. The stories feature voice acting and sound effects like radio dramas of yore.

Lizard Spock

Calling all fans of The Big Bang Theory! Play Sheldon Cooper’s favorite permutation of rock, paper, scissors with Alexa.

Smart Home Innovations
WeMo: Home automation

"It’s a lot easier to just say, ‘Turn that light on’ than it is to pull out your phone, find and load up the app," says WeMo Product Manager Tom Hudson.

Sensi: A programmable thermostat

Once Emerson added mobile control to its Sensi thermostat, voice integration was the natural next step, says Emerson President Craig Johnson.

Haiku Home: Smart ceiling fans

Owners of Big Ass Fans (BAF) can simply say, "Alexa, turn up the fan" to control their smart ceiling fan—no wall switch or mobile app required.

Ecobee: Smart wifi thermostats

In just one week, ecobee built an Alexa skill that lets its customers control their thermostats by voice. "We were very excited!" says Hesham Fahmy, VP of Technology.

Alarm.com: Home automation

Alarm.com's customers can ask Alexa to check the status of their most important connected devices—the locks, the lights, and the thermostat.

LIFX: Wifi-enabled LED smart bulbs

LIFX wanted to enable customers to control their lights without their phones. “When Alexa came along, it took everybody by storm," says John Cameron, VP of LIFX.

Bethesda: A truly smart home

In this house, Alexa controls all the smart appliances including the TV, the lights, the ceiling fan, the thermostat, and even the window shades.

Logitech: Voice-controlled entertainment

Logitech's Harmony skill enables customers to "control everything in their living room with their voice—including TVs, gaming consoles, sound systems, and even smart lights."

Beco: A smart office assistant

Beco's Alexa skill not only tells customers which conference rooms are available but also books the room of their choice.

Other Innovations
Scryb for hands-free texting

This skill by design firm Macadamian takes the handiwork out of an action performed six billion times each day in the US alone: texting.

Smart Cap for the visually-impaired

This skill entails a camera-equipped cap and Alexa. It enables anyone to simply put on the cap and say, "Alexa, ask Smart Cap what is in front of me."

KIRO 7 News for news updates

Seattle-based KIRO 7 News built a Flash Briefing Skill to deliver the latest news whenever people ask. "It felt right," says News Director Jake Milstein.

Lyft for app-free ride-hailing

"Lyft is a convenience you have to experience to appreciate. Alexa makes it just that much easier to try it," says Lyft marketer Megan Robershotte.

Fantasy Scoreboard for NHL fans

With this skill, Alexa keeps fan up to date on the latest game scores and upcoming game schedules. It even lets fans set their favorite team.

EDF Energy for utility management

This UK-based turned to Alexa to help customers manage their accounts and energy consumption through a natural voice interaction.

An Alexa-controlled model car

Teen dev extraordinaire Austin Wilson built an Alexa skill that moves his model car forward and backward, turns it left and right, and brings it to a stop.

Discovery Channel's Shark Week

In anticipation of Shark Week, the Discovery Channel built an Alexa skill with a real-time countdown timer and a voice-activated “Sharkopedia” fact engine.

An Alexa-enabled VR world

A group of students at Carnegie Mellon University used Alexa to build a prototype of a fully immersive virtual world—and in just two weeks.

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