Alexa.KeypadController Interface 3

Implement the Alexa.KeypadController interface in your Alexa skill so that users can voice-control onscreen navigation. You can voice-enable scrolling, directional pad (d-pad), selection of onscreen elements, and showing more details for elements that have focus. You can enable voice navigation on your smart TV home screens, for live TV providers, or for in streaming apps. For details about video skills, see Understand the Video Skill API.

For the list of languages that the Alexa.KeypadController interface supports, see List of Alexa Interfaces and Supported Languages. For the definitions of the message properties, see Alexa Interface Message and Property Reference.

Utterances

The Alexa.KeypadController interface uses the pre-built voice interaction model. After the customer says one of the following utterances, Alexa sends a corresponding directive to your skill.

The following examples show some customer utterances:

أليكسا، اطلعي فوق
ألكيسا، روحي يمين
أليكسا، انزلي تحت
أليكسا، روحي ليسار الصفحة
أليكسا، روحي لليسار
ألكيسا، روحي لليمين
أليكسا، روحي فوق
أليكسا، روحي تحت
أليكسا، اختاري هذا
أليكسا، اعرضي التفاصيل

Alexa, scroll up.
Alexa, scroll right.
Alexa, page down.
Alexa, page left.
Alexa, go left.
Alexa, go right.
Alexa, move up.
Alexa, move down.
Alexa, select this.
Alexa, show details.
Alexa, show more.

Alexa, fais défiler vers le haut.
Alexa, fais défiler à droite.
Alexa, page vers le bas.
Alexa, page vers la gauche.
Alexa, va à gauche.
Alexa, va à droite.
Alexa, remonte.
Alexa, navigue vers le bas.
Alexa, sélectionne ça.
Alexa, montre moi des détails.
Alexa, montre moi en plus.

Alexa, scroll hoch.
Alexa, scroll nach rechts.
Alexa, blätter runter.
Alexa, blätter links.
Alexa, geh nach unten.
Alexa, geh nach links.
Alexa, geh nach rechts.
Alexa, nach oben bewegen.
Alexa, nach unten bewegen.
Alexa, wähl das.
Alexa, details ansehen.
Alexa, zeig mir mehr.

Alexa, ऊपर scroll करो
Alexa, right scroll कर.
Alexa, page down करो
Alexa, page को बाएं करो
Alexa, left जाना
Alexa, right जाना
Alexa, ऊपर जाओ
Alexa, नीचे जाओ
Alexa, इसे चुनो
Alexa, details दिखाओ
Alexa, और दिखाओ

Alexa, scorri verso l'alto.
Alexa, scorri verso destra.
Alexa, pagina in giù.
Alexa, pagina di sinistra.
Alexa, vai a sinistra.
Alexa, vai a destra.
Alexa, vai verso l'alto.
Alexa, vai verso il basso.
Alexa, seleziona questo.
Alexa, mostra dettagli.
Alexa, mostra mi di più.

アレクサ、上にスクロールして
アレクサ、右側へスクロールして
アレクサ、ページの下へ
アレクサ、画面の左へ
アレクサ、左側に行って
アレクサ、右の方へ行って
アレクサ、上に移動して
アレクサ、下の方へ移動して
アレクサ、これを選んで
アレクサ、詳細を表示して
アレクサ、もっと見せて

Alexa, rolar para cima.
Alexa, rolar para a direita.
Alexa, página para baixo.
Alexa, página para esquerda.
Alexa, ir para esquerda.
Alexa, ir para direita.
Alexa, mover pra cima.
Alexa, mover para baixo.
Alexa, selecionar isso.
Alexa, mostrar detalhes.
Alexa, mostrar mais.

Alexa, despláza te hacia arriba.
Alexa, despláza te hacia derecha.
Alexa, abajo de la página.
Alexa, izquierda de la página.
Alexa, ve te a la izquierda.
Alexa, ve te a la derecha.
Alexa, muéve te hacia arriba.
Alexa, muéve te hacia abajo.
Alexa, selecciona esto.
Alexa, muestra detalles.
Alexa, muestra más.

Scenarios

Consider the following scenarios where you might use Alexa.KeypadController.

Voice-enable your home screen

If you're a manufacturer of a smart TV, you can use Alexa.KeypadController to voice-enable the home screen. When the user views the list of apps that the TV supports, the user can use their voice to scroll right, left, up, or down, and to select the app of their choice. This scenario also uses the Alexa.PowerController and Alexa.Launcher interfaces. The following is an example of user utterances for this scenario:

Alexa, turn on the TV.
Alexa, scroll right.
Alexa, launch [app].

Voice-enable your channel guide

If you're a live TV provider, you can use Alexa.KeypadController to voice-enable the channel guide. The user can use their voice to scroll up, down, right, or left through the guide, and to select a program. This scenario also uses the Alexa.PowerController and Alexa.Launcher interfaces. The following is an example of user utterances for this scenario:

Alexa, turn on [name of live TV provider].
Alexa, go to cable guide.
Alexa, scroll down.
Alexa, select this.
Alexa, go home.

Voice-enable your app

If you're an app developer, you might use Alexa.KeypadController to voice-enable your app to let the user use their voice to scroll up, down, right, or left. The user can use voice to see more information about an onscreen element by opening the details page, and to navigate back to the previous screen. This scenario also uses the Alexa.Launcher interface and the Alexa.RemoteVideoPlayer interface to display comedies. The following is an example of user utterances for this scenario:

Alexa, launch [app].
Alexa, show me comedies.
Alexa, scroll right.
Alexa, show me details.
Alexa, go back.

Reportable properties

The Alexa.KeypadController interface uses the keystroke property as the primary property. You identify that you support the properties in your discovery response.

The following table shows the valid values for the keystroke property.

Keystroke type Keystroke values Description
Directional pad
(d-pad)
UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, SELECT Move up, down, left, or right one unit or to the next onscreen element, or select the element or item that has focus.
Scrolling PAGE_UP, PAGE_DOWN, PAGE_LEFT, PAGE_RIGHT Scroll in the specified direction.
Information INFO, MORE Display more information about the onscreen element that has focus. For example, show content that's offscreen, or jump to a detail page.
Back button BACK Simulate the behavior of the back button on the remote control. For example, navigate back to the previous screen.

Discovery

You describe endpoints that support Alexa.KeypadController by using the standard discovery mechanism described in Alexa.Discovery.

For the KeypadController interface, include a keys attribute and list the keystrokes that you support.

Discover response example

The following example shows a Discover.Response message for a device that supports the Alexa.KeypadController.

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{
  "event": {
    "header": {
      "namespace": "Alexa.Discovery",
      "name": "Discover.Response",
      "payloadVersion": "3",
      "messageId": "Unique identifier, preferably a version 4 UUID"
    },
    "payload": {
      "endpoints": [
        {
          "endpointId": "Unique ID of the endpoint",
          "manufacturerName": "Manufacturer of the endpoint",
          "description": "Description to be shown in the Alexa app",
          "friendlyName": "Device name, displayed in the Alexa app",
          "displayCategories": ["TV"],
          "cookie": {},
          "capabilities": [
            {
              "type": "AlexaInterface",
              "interface": "Alexa.KeypadController",
              "version": "3",
              "keys": [
                "BACK",
                "INFO", "MORE", "SELECT",
                "UP", "DOWN", "LEFT", "RIGHT",
                "PAGE_UP", "PAGE_DOWN", "PAGE_LEFT", "PAGE_RIGHT"
              ]
            },
            {
              "type": "AlexaInterface",
              "interface": "Alexa",
              "version": "3"
            }
          ]
        }
      ]
    }
  }
}

Directives

Alexa sends the following Alexa.KeypadController interface directives to your skill.

SendKeystroke directive

Support the SendKeystroke directive so that customers can scroll your content.

SendKeystroke directive example

The following example shows a SendKeystroke directive that Alexa sends to your skill.

{
  "directive": {
    "header": {
      "namespace": "Alexa.KeypadController",
      "name": "SendKeystroke",
      "messageId": "Unique version 4 UUID",
      "correlationToken": "Opaque correlation token",
      "payloadVersion": "3"
    },
    "endpoint": {
      "scope": {
        "type": "BearerToken",
        "token": "OAuth2.0 bearer token"
      },
      "endpointId": "Endpoint id",
      "cookie": {}
    },
    "payload": {
      "keystroke": "SELECT"
    }
  }
}

SendKeystroke directive payload

The following table shows the payload details for the SendKeystroke directive.

Property Description Type

keystroke

Keystroke requested by the user.
For valid values, see keystroke.

String

SendKeystroke response

If you handle a SendKeystroke directive successfully, respond with an Alexa.Response event. You can respond synchronously or asynchronously. If you respond asynchronously, include a correlation token and a scope with an authorization token.

The following example shows a SendKeystroke response.

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{
  "event": {
    "header": {
      "namespace": "Alexa",
      "name": "Response",
      "messageId": "Unique identifier, preferably a version 4 UUID",
      "correlationToken": "Opaque correlation token that matches the request",
      "payloadVersion": "3"
    },
    "endpoint": {
      "scope": {
        "type": "BearerToken",
        "token": "OAuth2.0 bearer token"
      },
      "endpointId": "Endpoint id"
    },
    "payload": {}
  }
}

SendKeystroke directive error handling

If you can't handle a SendKeystroke directive successfully and the error is specific to video, respond with an Alexa.Video.ErrorResponse event. For general errors, respond with a generic Alexa.ErrorResponse event. If the user requests a keystroke that your device doesn't support, use the INVALID_VALUE error type.