Here is a recap of new posts for the week of June 20th on the Amazon Developer Blog:
New Alexa Skills Kit Template: Step-by-Step Guide to Build a Flash Cards Skill
We introduced a new way to help you quickly build useful and meaningful skills for Alexa. The new flash cards skill template makes it easy for developers and non-developers to create a skill similar to ‘Chemistry Flash Cards’, ‘Language Flash Cards’, ‘Exam Prep’, etc. This template leverages AWS Lambda and the Alexa Skills Kit, and provides built-in business logic, uses cases, error handling, and help functions for your new skill.
Introducing the Internet of Voice Challenge with Hackster.io and Raspberry Pi
We announced the Internet of Voice (IoV) Challenge on Hackster.io, a developer community dedicated to learning hardware. We’ve partnered with Hackster.io and Raspberry Pi to challenge DIY artisans of the world to build compelling IoT voice experiences using Raspberry Pi and Amazon Alexa. Makers have already started inventing new IoV products. We’ve seen people open and close their blinds and fully control RGB lights with Alexa.
More Apps for Kids on Amazon Underground: Mister Maker: Let's Make It! and Fireman Sam - Junior Cadet Are Now Available
P2 Games Limited published two games for kids are now available in Amazon Underground—Mister Maker: Let’s Make it! And Fireman Sam—Junior Cadet. Amazon Underground represents a great occasion for developer of apps for kids, since it works very well in combination with the Fire Tablet Kids Edition. Parents can download apps and games from Underground and hand-select which apps to make available on the Fire Tablet Kids Edition interface.
Flask-Ask: A New Python Framework for Rapid Alexa Skills Kit Development
John Wheeler introduced Flask-Ask, a new Python micro-framework that significantly lowers the bar for developing Alexa skills. Flask-Ask is a Flask extension that makes building voice user interfaces with the Alexa Skills Kit easy and fun. We'll learn it by building a simple game that asks you to repeat three numbers backwards. Knowing Python and Flask are not required, but some experience programming will help.
Appstore Posts Editors’ Choices, Game of the Week
We recently launched Appstore Posts, a blog designed to help readers discover the best apps and games available on Android devices, including our own Fire Tablets and Fire TV Stick. It’s a blog for app users and game players, which means it’s also for developers. Appstore Posts highlights new and interesting apps as they are released, offers tips on gameplay, and helps answer questions like “How do I finish this game? Or “Which game should I play?”
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