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September 11, 2017

Martha Kang

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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July 21, 2017

Martha Kang

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 20, 2017

Andrea Muttoni

We are happy to announce that lock control and query capabilities are now also available to developers building skills for the UK.

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June 22, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

Today, we are happy to announce that you can enable customers to view live video feeds from their smart home cameras on Echo Show with the Smart Home Skill API.

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May 23, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

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We are excited to announce a new addition to the Smart Home Skill API, the ability to define appliance categories. By defining appliance categories, both you and your customers can easily identify the types of smart home devices with which they are interacting.

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May 23, 2017

Aaron Tang

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With the increased popularity of Alexa-compatible smart home devices, we’ve seen a surge in the number of smart home skill submissions. In this post, we’ll highlight key requirements, common issues we’re seeing, and helpful reference material for skills implemented using the Smart Home Skill API.

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May 01, 2017

David Dai

When building skills with the Smart Home Skill API, you may have found it challenging to test and validate your skill's Lambda responses. To help ease these pain points, we’ve built the Alexa Smart Home Skill API Validation Package, available now to all smart home-skill developers.

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April 07, 2017

Michael Palermo

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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.

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March 03, 2017

Michael Palermo

Today we are happy to announce lock control and query, a new feature in the Smart Home Skill API now available in the US, with support for the UK and Germany coming soon. This feature is supported with locks from August, Yale, Kwikset, and Schlage as well as hub support from SmartThings and Wink. Now any developer targeting devices with locking behavior can enable customers to issue a voice command such as, “Alexa, lock the front door.” In addition, developers can build in support for customers asking for the status of a smart locking device with a voice command such as, “Alexa, is the front door locked?” LockAPI_blog.png

Much like the recently announced thermostat query feature, the lock query feature simplifies development efforts by enabling specific voice interactive experiences straight from the Smart Home Skill API. This is accomplished under the new Alexa.ConnectedHome.Query namespace.

Developers can report errors using the same namespace. These errors are then used to guide the customer with the proper corrective actions. It’s crucial that developers return meaningful and correct errors so that customers can feel confident about the status of their locks. For example, if the smart locking device is unable to provide a stateful value because a door is open, developers should report this in their directive response as shown below.

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