“Learn as if you were to live forever”, Gandhi used to say. A principle I like to remind myself of every day, as soon as I wake up, and one that seems to be in Jeff Bezos’ thoughts, too. His company just made it easier for all of us to learn something new every day, by giving everyone the opportunity to make a new Alexa skill. #softwaremagic
Alexa Skill Blueprints is a new Amazon tool that lets us create custom Alexa skills. Besides enabling the smart assistant to learn and do others’ tricks, you can now teach her your own. But not before learning to do so with the help of fill-in-the-blanks style templates.
Amazon put 21 different Blueprints at users disposal. These can be divided in four categories, starting with Home, Fun & Games, Storyteller and finally, Learning & Knowledge.
For example, you can create a list of your favorite jokes Alexa can cheer you up with, a trivia game on a topic of your choice, imagine a fairy tale for your kids to listen to, compile an info list of everything the babysitter needs to know or just go wild and create an interactive sci-fi story.
No matter what you choose, Amazon has made it easy to program and deploy.
Alexa Skill Blueprints is exclusive to US users and even then, it works only with Echo devices featured on their Amazon account. For now, at least.