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May 09, 2017David Isbitski
Today, Amazon introduced Echo Show, a new device that brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. We are also excited to announce that we are adding new capabilities to the Alexa Skills Kit that will enable you to optimize your skills for the screen and connect smart home cameras to Alexa. Sign up to be notified when these features become available.
With Echo Show, customers can watch video flash briefings and YouTube, and see music lyrics, smart home cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, and more. Visit the Echo Show product page on Amazon.com to pre-order the device, see specs, and learn more.
Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, already powers voice experiences on Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Fire TV and all devices powered by the Alexa Voice Service. Alexa has over 12,000 skills created by developers like you.
All Alexa skills will automatically be 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 shows the skill icon and skill name.
Effective skill cards help increase customer engagement with your skill across devices with screens. If you haven’t yet optimized your skill cards for the screen, be sure to check out our best practices for skill card design.
Soon, we’ll make updates to the Alexa Skills Kit that make it easy for you to optimize your skills for the screen or connect smart home cameras to Alexa.
Sign up now to get updates when these features become available.
A few developers are already using the screen to provide delightful customer experiences. Echo Show includes updated skills from Allrecipes, Jeopardy, Uber, OpenTable, CNN, and more, as well as new smart home camera integrations from Ring and Arlo. Here’s what they are doing:
For more information about the Alexa Skills Kit and Echo Show, check out the following resources:
The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) enables developers to build capabilities, called skills, for Alexa. ASK is a collection of self-service APIs, documentation, tools, and code samples that make it fast and easy for anyone to add skills to Alexa.
Developers have built more than 12,000 skills with ASK. Explore the stories behind some of these innovations, then start building your own skill. Once you publish your skill, mark the occasion with an Alexa dev shirt.