Less than a year after Amazon introduced its first Alexa Smart Connected Speaker in 2014, programmers were able to add their own voice-driven apps to the device. The apps, or "abilities" in Amazon's language, could do anything to tell jokes to offer the latest price of Bitcoin.
On Thursday, Amazon finally opened the world of Alexa capabilities for ordinary customers, albeit in a limited way. Now anyone can teach Alexa new tricks with an echo speaker or spot watch by using Amazon's blueprints or pre-built types of apps that may have custom content – no computer code required. Many are aimed at children. Here are some examples of how you can use the Blueprints to create (mainly) useful abilities for your Alexa-enabled devices.
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Help to learn with vocabulary cards
Do children have a biology quiz? Or maybe you are getting ready to take the bar exam. The index card plan allows you to create a list of questions and answers (and tips if you wish). Then Alexa can either offer the quiz in "review mode" by revealing both questions and answers, or ask questions in "test mode" and confirm if the answers are correct. Alexa even has encouraging messages, such as, "Great job to learn hard, you will assist this test."
2. Leave important information for the babysitter
You can definitely go on the old-fashioned route, by leaving a list of important things and emergency contacts for the babysitter, but why not impress your millennial childminder with an Alexa-enabled babysitter-helper app? The babysitter plan contains places that include things like a childrens plan, allergies, emergency contacts, and answers basic questions such as "Where are the diapers?" can be added. There is also a plan for the Pet Sitter.
3. Fire Family Members with the Compliments Skill
Quite simply: Fill in the blueprint with a list of compliments, Amazon offers some pre-formulated phrases, such as, "You brighten the room," but you can do better, then name the F Ability that will make Alexa offer one of the compliments. Not so to compliment your little brother? There is a similar blueprint to write a burning ability.
. 4 Play a Game of Modern MadLib with the Story Skill
The Blueprints include a variety of genre stories, such as a fairy tale about a magical princess or the story of an alien invasion that requires listeners to provide names and other parts Favorite dessert) that contains Alexa. But the entire text of the stories can be customized, optimized or rewritten.
. 5 Test Partygoers With A Quiz About The Birthday Boy Or Birthday Girl
Another for the kids, the blueprints include a quiz ability to work on a birthday party by asking quiz questions about the guest of honor. In addition to reading the questions, the ability allows the birthday party to rate the answers and offer sound effects (crowd cheers, annoying buzzers and the like) based on the rating.