The Alexa Connect Kit (ACK) is a new way for device makers to connect devices to Alexa without worrying about managing cloud services, writing an Alexa skill, or developing complex networking and security firmware. ACK enables device makers to make any device an Alexa-connected smart device.
With ACK, you pay for the hardware module and a low, upfront fee that covers your ongoing use of the ACK cloud service. ACK enables you to turn the ongoing and variable cost of managing your own cloud service into a fixed, one-time cost. ACK will also offer cloud extensibility options in addition to ACK cloud services for you to connect your device to your own mobile applications, your own cloud service, and third-party cloud services such as IFTTT. While you build and manage devices more quickly and economically, your customers enjoy Alexa control, Wi-Fi simple setup, and the Dash Replenishment Service.
Leading device makers and consumer products companies like Procter & Gamble, Hamilton Beach, Tonly, and Midea are using ACK to develop smart devices. Amazon used ACK to build the new AmazonBasics Microwave.
We are no longer accepting applications to the ACK preview. We will provide an update on the Alexa blog when we have more information to share.