Amazon Echo Spot coming to Australia April 26th

Amazon's new 'Alexa Blueprints' let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses

Alexa Blueprints allow you to create simple Skills without coding

The new Alexa Skill Blueprints feature makes it easy for anyone to create a range of custom responses for Alexa, ranging from jokes to instructions and much more. It is called "Alexa Skill Blueprints", and it allows users to create custom skills for Alexa without requiring any programming knowledge.

Any blueprint-made skills you make will show up on the "Skills You've Made" section of the blueprints website.

Amazon's latest initiative, Alexa Skill Blueprints, essentially allows you to personalise your Alexa experience. Custom skills created with blueprints don't go into the Alexa Skills Store; they are tied to devices associated with the Amazon account where they are created. These "blueprints" act as templates for making questions, responses, trivia games, narrative stories, and other skills with customizable answers unique to each user. Developers who want to add to Alexa's abilities can write code that works with Alexa in the cloud, letting the smart assistant do the heavy lifting of understanding and deciphering spoken commands. Amazon has an Alexa Blueprints page set up with 21 templates (more to come).

But families aren't the only ones would could take advantage of Alexa Blueprints. You can then find your skills at this page. You can even create custom burns (or, conversely, compliments) for friends and family. Just ask Alexa to open your new skill.

With compatible smart home devices, Echo Spot can integrate all of the smart home capabilities that customers love about Alexa-turn on the lights, view your live camera feed from the nursery, set up Routines, control the temperature and more.

If you're in the US, this functionality is available right now, but if you're elsewhere it seems you might be able to access it by changing your Alexa language settings to "English US" in your Alexa app (although we haven't been able to verify this ourselves just yet). If you have more than one Echo, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).

For now, Alexa Blueprints are only available to customers in the United States.

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