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September 15, 2017

Martha Kang

Alexa Champion April L. Hamilton has been building Alexa skills since the Alexa Skills Kit became available in 2015. As one of the original Alexa developers, Hamilton created two of the first skills released for the Echo.

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September 11, 2017

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Logitech built a smart home skill for Alexa to work with its Harmony remotes. Customers say simple commands, such as “Alexa, turn on the TV,” or “Alexa, play a DVD,” and Alexa sends the request to the Harmony skill.

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August 31, 2017

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Nickelodeon's skill places kids behind the counter at the Krusty Krab diner to take orders they then have to remember. The SpongeBob Challenge skill features 70 characters from the show including Patrick, Plankton, and Mr. Krabs.

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August 31, 2017

Martha Kang

To delight and educate kids, Sesame Workshop launched an Alexa skill that features Elmo, one of Sesame Street’s most famous characters. Now, with a parent’s consent, kids can say, “Alexa, Ask Sesame Street to call Elmo” and start engaging with the Muppet character via voice.

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August 14, 2017

Martha Kang

Nestlés' GoodNes skill is accompanied by a unique GoodNes visual guide, which connects to consumers’ web browser on their computer or tablet to offer what Nestlé calls a “visual voice browsing” experience.

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August 02, 2017

Martha Kang

The Royal Opera House skill for Alexa delivers performance information whenever customers ask. Customers can simply say, “Alexa, ask the Royal Opera House what’s on this weekend,” and Alexa responds with the information customers need to plan ahead for shows.

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July 21, 2017

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The opportunity lies not in the individual devices but in creating seamless experiences for homeowners, says Bethesda Systems President Jon Stovall.

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July 19, 2017

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In just weeks, Brookfield Residential built a fully-functional, Alexa-powered model home in its newest subdivision.

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July 12, 2017

Martha Kang

With the arrival of Echo Show, the Allrecipes team leveraged the new built-in display templates in the Alexa Skills Kit to offer visual content including streaming video. The result: Allrecipes’ tried-and-true skill for Alexa enriched with beautiful visual aids on the Echo Show screen.

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June 22, 2017

Martha Kang

“Most of the time, our customers want to know what is happening right then at a certain location,” says Naveen Chhangani, Senior Director of Product Management at Arlo. “With Echo Show, there is no dependency on the phone or the app; the results are immediate.”

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June 22, 2017

Martha Kang

Ring, which makes outdoor home security products, built a skill for Alexa using the new camera capability in the Smart Home Skill API. This skill enables Ring customer to say, “Alexa, show me the front door,” then be able to see and listen to the visitor at the front door on Echo Show.

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June 15, 2017

Martha Kang

“We've been thinking about voice for quite some time,” says John Ouseph, GE Appliances’ technology manager for Connected Appliances. “There just wasn't a really clear path to market until Alexa came out.”

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June 12, 2017

Martha Kang

When Alexa made its German debut in 2016, mytaxi, a taxi-hailing service, knew voice-first experiences would change the way people interact with its devices and services.

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May 26, 2017

Martha Kang

Simplicity is at the core of all Hive devices, which made integration with Alexa a natural next step, says Elvin Nagamootoo, Hive product lead. Using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), the Hive team built a smart home skill and a custom skill.

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May 10, 2017

Martha Kang

The 60dB team wants to reach listeners where they are. That’s why the Amazon Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices were the next logical step for 60dB—even before porting the app to other mobile platforms.

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