DineTime built a skill to enable customers to say, “Alexa, tell DineTime to add my name to the waitlist” before they head out the door. That way, they get the waiting out of the way while they’re en route to the restaurant.[Read More]
Back in January, Alexa shared the keynote stage with two leaders form Acumatica, a leading innovator of cloud ERP and CRM solutions, at the Acumatica Summit 2017. Together, they showed Alexa clearly has a head for business.[Read More]
We are happy to announce a new Alexa Skill Builder, which provides a more intuitive interface for you to easily create engaging Alexa skills. You can also use this tool to build natural dialogs to provide more intelligent responses to user requests.[Read More]
We are excited to announce our new beta testing tool for Alexa skills which makes it easy for you to get beta feedback on your skill. You can now invite users to test your Alexa skill and provide feedback before you publish your skill.[Read More]
As we’ve shared before, the majority of skills submitted for certification run into a handful of the same issues. Incorrect example phrases are the most common reason submitted skills fail certification. To help you avoid this issue, let's recap the key requirements of example phrases.[Read More]
We all have dirty laundry, but few of us enjoy dealing with it. So the founders of Laundrapp set out to take the work out of laundry. They created an app to enable UK consumers to offload their dirty laundry to Laundrapp. Then they added Alexa to make laundry faster, easier, and hands-free.[Read More]
When fans of University of California, Irvine’s Anteaters want the latest news on their team, they simply ask Alexa. UCI’s Alexa skill delivers game results, team updates, and special announcements whenever fans ask.[Read More]
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We are happy to announce tunable lighting control, a new feature in the Smart Home Skill API now available in the US with support for the UK and Germany coming soon. This is great news for those of you targeting color-changing lights or tunable white lights.[Read More]
Sixteen-year-old Austin Wilson loves building things. He enjoys figuring out how things are put together then finding ways to improve on them.
When Austin’s uncle noticed the teen’s knack for problem solving, he urged Austin to learn to code. That was five years ago, and the high school junior from Rocky River, Ohio has learned a number of programming languages since.
Last summer, Austin interned at a software company where he added C# and ASP.NET to the list. As his next step, he wanted to add artificial intelligence to his Raspberry Pi (RPi). A Google search led Austin to Hackster’s Internet of Voice Challenge (IoV) with Raspberry Pi where he discovered Alexa.[Read More]
We’re excited to announce a new beginner course by Treehouse. The “Build an Alexa Skill” course will help guide both developers and non-developers alike through the skill-building process.[Read More]
Have you ever wondered how your skill usage is trending month over month? How many unique customers you have? When your peak times are?
You can now explore the answers to these and other data-driven questions using our new skil metrics dashboard.[Read More]
We are excited to announce two new features that will help you build skills that are even more engaging. Incorporate location information into your interactions using the new Device Address API. And gain deeper insights into your skill’s usage with the new metrics dashboard.[Read More]
When the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) launched in late 2015, developers began building engaging experiences for voice, ranging from simple to innovative. Today, an interdisciplinary team of students from Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) is pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve. Meet Audrey Higgins (writer), Mohammed Tauseef (AWS and Unity integration), Na-Yeon Kim (2D/3D artist), Longyi Cheng (Unity Gameplay programmer), and Shuang You (3D artist).
Their class assignment: build a prototype, in two weeks, of a fully immersive virtual world. Specifically, the team created A.L.Ex.A. (The Assistant Linked Extemporization Array), a VR experience that follows a talkative repair drone destined to help users (or “guests” as they’re known in the VR world) stranded on remote system Planet 532.