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August 21, 2015Rohan Mutagi
* Important * - On 5-Apr, we announced the Smart Home Skill API, the public, self-service version of the Alexa Lighting API, which was introduced as a beta in August 2015. As part of the beta program, we worked with companies including Nest, Ecobee, Sensi, Samsung SmartThings, and Wink in order to gather developer feedback, while extending Alexa’s smart home capabilities to work with their devices. If you’d like to build a smart home skill, learn more about the Smart Home Skill API here.
The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) is a collection of self-service APIs and tools that make it fast and easy for you to add skills to Alexa. Alexa is the cloud-based voice service that powers Amazon Echo, a new category of device designed around your voice.
Discover: “Alexa, discover my devices”
Turn On: “Alexa, turn on the kitchen light”
Turn Off: “Alexa, turn off the kitchen light”
Brighten: “Alexa, brighten the kitchen light”
Dim: “Alexa, dim the kitchen light”
Set: “Alexa, set the kitchen light to 50%”
As a developer you can follow the instructions in the Alexa Lighting API Developer Documentation to enable your skill adapters for your own personal use. We’ve created a showcase in the Alexa Connected Home Developer Forum where enthusiast developers can share their skill adapters with others.
Commercial home automation companies who want to distribute their completed lighting skills via Alexa to their customers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several companies have already taught Alexa how to control their lighting products. In addition to Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, and Wink devices, Alexa now works with Samsung SmartThings to integrate with select lights and switches. Customers can simply speak to turn devices on and off as well as dim and brighten lights.
To get started with the Alexa Lighting API, start here. Check out these resources to learn more:
Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Alexa Lighting API
Download the Alexa Lighting API Developer Documentation
Download the Alexa Lighting API Lambda Integration Documentation
Visit the Alexa Connected Home Developer Forums
Order an Amazon Echo - Amazon.com Page
Learn about the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK)
Learn about Alexa Voice Service (AVS)
Learn about the Alexa Fund
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