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June 21, 2017Ted Karczewski
As we engage with technology in a more conversational way, complementary cues such as visual displays and inflection in voice responses make the overall experience feel more natural. Today we’re excited to announce Display Cards for AVS, a new capability for your Alexa-enabled product that uses visuals to complement Alexa voice responses for music, weather, calendar, and more.
Starting today, Display Cards for AVS can enable your product to render “Now Playing” information for music and radio, as well as visual responses for general knowledge questions, weather, To-Do and Shopping Lists, calendar updates, and Alexa skills. Enable this feature and your product will immediately render a Display Card with visual metadata to complement these voice responses.
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If your product has a visual display, you can now enable the ‘Display Cards’ product capability in the AVS Developer Console to receive directives with visual metadata. The new Product Capabilities window enables you to select which directives you want your new or existing products to receive based on their design and use case.
The AVS API has been updated to provide you with the ability to receive JSON visual metadata on your product. Updated AVS Clients can parse the JSON data, bind the data to card templates, and render the Display Cards on-screen. We have also published design templates and guidelines that specify how to render the various card templates on your device to accompany Alexa voice responses.
We have updated our prototyping project for Raspberry Pi on GitHub to guide you through the process of quickly building an Alexa-enabled device that receives visual metadata from the AVS API. Start prototyping now »
As an AVS developer, you can build products with access to Alexa’s growing list of capabilities and international availability through our regular API updates, feature launches, and from the thousands of Alexa skills contributed by our active developer community. Best of all, AVS is free to use. Learn how AVS can add rich-powered experiences to your connected products.
Have questions? We’re here to help. Visit us on the AVS Forum or Alexa GitHub to speak with one of our experts.