Editor's Note: Our monthly release roundup series showcases the latest in Alexa Skills Kit developer tools and features that can make your skills easier to manage, simpler to deploy, and more engaging for your customers. Build with these new capabilities to enable your Alexa skills to drive brand or revenue objectives.
In this roundup post we share details about the new things released for skill developers last month, including the release of the Spanish voice model for the US and several other features that can help make you be more productive or build more engaging skills. Check out the entire livestream for more information from Alexa evangelists and code samples.
1. Alexa Skills Kit expands to include Spanish in the US
2. Enhance the smart home camera experience with person detection
You can use the new Alexa.EventDetectionSensor interface in the Smart Home Skill API to tell Alexa when your smart home camera detects the presence of a person. Once you’ve implemented the capability, customers can use person detection as a trigger for other actions, such as turning on the house lights. You can also enable customers to view the last person detected by saying, “Alexa, show the most recent person detected at the front door.” The new capability is available in the US today. Read about it in our docs.
3. Quickly test your voice UI with SMAPI quick builds
Save time and start testing early: We are excited to announce the launch of quick builds, which enable you to start testing your skill with sample utterances on average 67% quicker than before. This is done by introducing a new intermediate build state called Quick Build through SMAPI or the ASK CLI. Read about building your model and getting your skill status in our docs.
4. Simulate a multi-turn conversation with the ASK CLI