Amazon Developer Blogs

Amazon Developer Blogs

July 23, 2018

Brian Adams

Today, the Alexa Fund is pleased to announce the nine companies selected for the Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars, a program designed to support early-stage startups using voice to deliver transformative customer and business experiences. The program will again be hosted in Seattle, Washington, this summer and will culminate in a Demo Day in October 2018, where each company will showcase their progress in front of investors, leaders from Amazon, and the Seattle tech community.  Reserve your ticket now.

 

Four of the participants from the first Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars, have gone on to raise venture-led rounds since the 2017 Demo Day in October last year, making the class's initial fundraising efforts one of the most successful in the 10-year history of Techstars. We are incredibly excited about the possibilities for this year’s participants, all of whom represent a diverse focus of products, services, and industries, and see Alexa as key to unlocking their full potential:

 

  • Blutag - Helping retailers and brands deliver voice shopping experiences
  • Conservation Labs - An affordable smart water meter to save money by reducing water use and detecting leaks
  • HelixAI - Voice powered digital assistants for use in the laboratory sciences
  • Imageous - Comfort and smart facilities AI assistant for occupants of commercial buildings
  • Jargon - On demand conversational translation service to remove language barriers
  • Novalia - Applying conductive print and microcontrollers to create immersive, touch-based experiences
  • Presence AI - AI-powered conversations for small businesses to replace phone calls
  • Unruly Studios - Bridging STEM and physical play to keep kids active while learning to code
  • Voiceitt - Automatic Speech Recognition technology enabling people with speech impairments to communicate and be understood by voice

 

We received hundreds of applications from 44 countries around the world and the nine startups that were chosen to participate are each examples of the incredible potential for innovation in voice technology.  Over the next three months, these start-ups will roll up their sleeves and work intensively to develop the fundamentals they need to improve their products, refine their business model, and, ultimately, bring new Alexa capabilities to their customers. During that time, they will benefit from exposure to and mentorship by diverse product, business and technology leaders from across Amazon, Techstars, and the Seattle community.

 

We’re thrilled to welcome and support this new class of startups and look forward to seeing what amazing voice-powered experiences they will build for their customers. To learn more about the Alexa Fund, visit www.alexafund.com

July 23, 2018

Anirudh Raju

An Alexa speech scientist explains how Alexa can dynamically modify the statistical language models underlying her speech recognition systems to improve performance for individual customers in particular contexts.

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July 20, 2018

Emily Esposito Fulkerson

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Compared to other tournaments they ran in the past, Eden Games reports a 20% increase in retention when real-world prizes were offered via GameOn.

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July 19, 2018

Brian Crum

If you build lights, locks, or in-wall switches with Zigbee and certify with the Zigbee Alliance, you can easily add voice control with Alexa, and reach and delight more customers.

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July 18, 2018

Guest Blogger

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In part one of this article series, we created our database and used it to display the values of each variable on the GUI. We only covered how to add basic data types as well as enums and other objects. This time, we will do some modifications to the original database.

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July 18, 2018

Fletcher Nelson

We’ve launched new introductory-to-advanced hands-on tutorials that help you get started with our software and hardware development tools. There are five tutorials to get you started, and we'll be adding new content throughout the year.

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July 18, 2018

Cami Williams

Here I’ll walk you through some tips for building an Alexa skill for Fire TV Cube, using core best practices for creating voice-first experiences for devices with screens.

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July 17, 2018

Dave Berol

Testing your Alexa-enabled product in a variety of scenarios will help ensure that you bring a delightful hands-free Alexa experience to your customers. In this blog post, we’ll cover the minimum requirements for a self-test room that you can construct at your workplace.

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July 17, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

Learn how to handle unexpected requests from customers, or instances when a customer says something that doesn’t map to any intents in your skill.

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July 17, 2018

Kristin Fritsche

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Mario Johansson entwickelt unter anderem Ambient Sound Skills für Alexa. In der Developer Story erzählt er, wie er zur Skillentwicklung gekommen ist, teilt seine Best Practices und gibt Ratschläge für neue Skill-Entwickler.

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