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October 21, 2015David Isbitski
We are excited to announce that all of the Alexa sessions from AWS re:Invent 2015 are now freely available online. These sessions includes everything you need to get started as an Alexa developer, real world tips and advice, as well as first hand Alexa Skill creation experiences told directly from Capital One and BMW.
What follows is the full day of Alexa session recordings and links to download the slides.
(MBL301) Creating Voice Experiences Using Amazon Alexa [Watch Video][Download Slides]
David Isbitski, Principal Evangelist, Alexa and Echo
Alexa is the speech and personal assistant technology behind Amazon Echo. Today you can use Alexa to listen to music, play games, check traffic and weather, control your household devices such as Philips Hue and Belkin WeMo, and lots more. Alexa offers a full-featured set of APIs and SDKs that you can use to teach her new skills and add her into devices and applications of your own. In this talk, intended for software and hardware developers interested in voice control, home automation, and personal assistant technology, we will walk through the development of a new Alexa skill and incorporate it into a consumer-facing device.
(MBL308) Extending Alexa’s Built-in Skills. See How Capital One Did It [Watch Video] [Download Slides]
Mike Hines - Developer Evangelist, Amazon Appstore
Pete Varvarezis - Android Platform Architect, Capital One
Scott Totman - VP of Mobile and Innovation, Capital One
Alexa, the voice service that powers Echo, provides a set of built-in abilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice. In this session we’ll provide best practices on how to create a compelling voice experience leveraging Alexa’s built-in skills. Scott Totman, VP of Mobile and Innovation at Capital One, will describe what they learned building their first voice experience, including how they mapped utterances to intents and optimized it for spoken language understanding.
(MBL310) Alexa Voice Service Under the Hood [Watch Video] [Download Slides]
Donn Morrill - Senior Manager, Solutions Architecture, Alexa
Frederic Deramat , Principal Engineer, Alexa
Stephen Chien - Senior Advanced Technology Engineer, BMW
Alexa is the speech processing and personal assistant technology behind Amazon Echo. Speech-based user interfaces represent one of the next major disruptions in computing and the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) provides you with an opportunity to take advantage of this new form of interaction. In this session, we’ll walk through the recently-released AVS API by building a voice-enabled application and then go behind the scenes with Alexa, diving into the architecture and unique technical challenges faced during development.
You may also want to check out these additional Alexa developer resources:
Order Echo - Amazon.com Page
Alexa Skills Kit (ASK)
Alexa Voice Service (AVS)
Alexa Developer Forums
Getting Started with the Alexa Skills Kit
Alexa Skills Kit Voice Design Handbook
Create a developer account on the Amazon Appstore
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