April 19, 2018Brian Crum
Editor's note: We are excited to announce that you can now use Alexa Skill Blueprints to create and share your personal skills through email, text, WhatsApp, or social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. For example, you can create personal skills for occasions such as birthdays and share it with loved ones. And we recently added a few new Skill Blueprints just in time for Father’s Day – World’s Best Dad, All About Dad, and Dad Jokes. Now with sharing, you can create a personal skill and share it with dad to celebrate him on his big day.
Amazon today introduced Alexa Skill Blueprints, a new way to create your own personalized skills and responses for Alexa. Using a set of easy-to-use templates, anyone can create customized experiences for Alexa within minutes. Whether it’s your own answer to the question "Alexa, what is the best city?" or a skill that offers helpful information for the pet sitter, Skill Blueprints allow you to build personalized voice experiences with Alexa, helping you make Alexa even more useful around your home.
Using Skill Blueprints is as easy as filling in the blanks. You can have fun customizing Alexa’s responses to questions like “Alexa, who is the best mom in the world?” or “Alexa, am I your favorite painter?” You can also use Skill Blueprints to create an interactive adventure story with your child as the lead character with the “Adventure” Blueprint, or create a skill to poke fun at Dad’s corny one liners with the “Family Jokes” Blueprint.
The skills and responses you create with Skill Blueprints will be available instantly on all Alexa-enabled devices associated with your account. The Skill Blueprints announced today are for personal use only, and are not published to the Alexa Skills Store. Skills Blueprints are available today to customers in the US.
While Skills Blueprints introduce a new way to build personal experiences for Alexa, the self-service APIs, tools, documentation, and code samples in the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) – accessible from the new developer console or when used with one of our agencies or tool providers – enable you to build engaging skills and publish to the Alexa Skills Store to reach customers through tens of millions of Alexa-enabled devices.
There are more than 20 Skill Blueprints available across four categories, and the selection will continue to grow:
Fun & Games
Learning & Knowledge
Follow these three steps to start creating your own personalized voice experiences for Alexa:
There is no limit to the number of skills you can create. Need to add even more hilarious jokes to your “Dad’s Jokes” skill? You can easily edit and add more content to your skill from the Skill Blueprints website.
Skill Blueprints are available now for customers in the US. Visit blueprints.amazon.com to start building your personalized Alexa skills.
For more information about Skill Blueprints, visit our FAQ.
Join us live on Twitch for Creating Personalized Alexa Skills with Alexa Skill Blueprints, starting at 2 PM PST on Friday, April 20.