Echo Show is a new device that brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Echo Show’s high-quality screen combines with Alexa skills to deliver a completely new way for customers to interact across voice and graphical user interfaces. To help you build skills for Echo Show, we’ve added new capabilities to the Alexa Skills Kit.
All Alexa skills are automatically available on Echo Show. Skills will display any skill cards you currently return in your response objects. This is very similar to how customers see your Alexa skill cards on the Alexa app, Fire TV, and Fire Tablet devices today. If no skill card is available, a default template will show the skill icon and skill name.
While your skills will work out of the box, we know that you may want to create visual experiences unique to Echo Show. We’ve made updates to the Alexa Skills Kit that make it easy for you to optimize your skills for the screen and connect smart home cameras to Alexa.
We’ve updated the Amazon Alexa Voice Design Guide with new design best practices and guidelines to teach you how to build compelling experiences across voice and graphical user interfaces. This includes using imagery, video, and formatted text in the new Echo Show visual templates.
You can now choose from several display templates for your skill. You can also stream videos on Echo Show using the new video player interfaces in the Alexa Skills Kit. You simply provide access to your video content and the video interface will render video on the device, allowing customers to control the playback using both voice and touch.
Enable customers to view live video feeds from their smart home cameras on Echo Show with the Smart Home Skill API. With Echo Show, customers can say, “Alexa, show the baby’s room” and have the feed from an internet-connected camera like Arlo and Ring display on Echo Show. To support this, we’ve added new cameras capability to the Smart Home Skill API.