Making HTTP requests is a core functionality for modern languages. In this skill recipe, we look at two of the most popular methods you can use to call an external API through your Alexa skill using Node.js.[Read More]
Today, we’re excited to announce a new advanced training series on using conversational voice design techniques to make your skills more engaging.[Read More]
Learn how to implement repeat functionality for your skill by including AMAZON.RepeatIntent in your interaction model and Session Attributes in your code to remember the last speech response that was relayed back to the customer.[Read More]
Alexa devices with screens like Echo Show and Echo Spot have opened up a new world of possibilities for what you can do with voice on devices with display. Discover how visual user interface can be a great complement to a voice-first user experience.[Read More]
Make the interactions of your skill feel more conversational and memorable by adding variety to your responses. Check out our favorite code snippets you can use to surprise and delight your customers with voice.[Read More]
Phrase slots are designed to improve speech recognition accuracy for skills where you cannot include a majority of possible values in the slot while creating the interaction model.[Read More]
Last month, we announced that Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus and Alexa were coming to India. Today we’re excited to announce that the web-based simulator Echosim.io is now available for developers building skills using the English (IN) language model.[Read More]
Today, we’re excited to announce the addition of two advanced courses to the Alexa series on Codecademy. These build on the introductory courses we launched last month.[Read More]
Amazon is happy to announce that Alexa, the brain that powers Amazon Echo, is coming to India, along with three Alexa-enabled devices: Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot.[Read More]
Today, we announced that Alexa devices are coming to India. Starting today, you can use the Alexa Skills Kit to build skills for customers in India using the new English (India) language model.[Read More]
Today, I’m excited to announce we’ve collaborated with Codecademy on a new, free, course series on how to build Alexa skills. Starting today, budding developers and advanced programmers can learn about Alexa skill-building through the online, interactive learning interface that Codecademy provides.[Read More]
April 24, 2017Amit Jotwani
Wouldn’t it be cool if customers could simply ask Alexa to look up the contact information for your business or team? Now you can build a skill that enables just that scenario with our new team lookup skill template.[Read More]
Danny Dong, co-founder and CEO of iMCO, wondered what life would be like if we didn’t have to rely on screens to get the information we want and need. After witnessing countless people checking their phones while on the go, he began to redefine how people carry technology with them every day.
He set out to create the CoWatch, the world’s first Amazon Alexa-integrated smartwatch, to help break the habit of constantly checking a screen for updates. Now, users can ask for the latest weather reports, check the time, and set reminders with their voice and Alexa.
By early 2016, Dong had a working smartwatch prototype. It had a beautiful design, but it needed an OS to bring it to life. That’s when Dong contacted Leor Stern, co-founder and CEO of Cronologics Corporation.
Stern’s team, assembled from Android and Google veterans, had built a new software platform for smart wearables that helps amplify and support smartphone features. “We built Cronologics platform to unlock the true potential of the smartwatch. We don’t see [a smartwatch] as a tiny, limited extension of a smartphone. It’s an independent device with smart features of its own, not dependent on a smartphone.”
Shortly after Dong partnered with the Cronologics team, Stern began discussions with Amazon how to bring the power of Alexa to the smartwatch. Dong knew he wanted to create a completely new type of smartwatch—one that gives users a choice of how they consume information, either on a screen or by voice.
“We’d been talking to Amazon for a few months, bouncing around ideas like how cool it would be to have Alexa on a watch,” Stern said. “We were also talking with iMCO about the CoWatch when AVS came out. It fit beautifully into our plans.”
The Cronologics platform makes it easy to scroll through messages with a few taps, no phone required. And with Alexa, customers can ask for the latest scores and weather reports, or set reminders and alarms. Now, almost anything you can do with Alexa on an Echo, you can do with CoWatch.[Read More]
We are excited to announce a new addition to the Alexa family—Nucleus.
Nucleus is an Alexa-enabled connected home intercom system designed to bring families closer together by giving people the ability to make room-to-room, home-to-home and mobile-to-home calls. The average family today is spread across geographies and constantly caught up in daily responsibilities. Nucleus aims to redefine family communication by making it instantaneous. Now you can quickly video chat with grandma on her Nucleus from your smartphone as you’re leaving the office, or never miss family dinner when you’re traveling away from home.
The Alexa integration on Nucleus makes it easy to check the latest weather report or add items to your shopping list from anywhere in the house. You can talk to Alexa hands-free through Nucleus using the “Alexa” wake word or tap-to-talk using the button on the screen. Simply say, “Alexa, play Adele” or “Alexa, add milk to my list.” You also have access to a growing number of Alexa skills, built by developers using the Alexa Skills Kit, including smart home controls through SmartThings, Insteon and Wink.
You can purchase Nucleus on Amazon.com.
Developing the next breakthrough consumer tech product? Learn how AVS can help you add rich and intuitive Alexa-enabled experiences to your connected devices, services or applications.[Read More]