Amazon Australia unveils new Echo product

Amazon Australia unveils new Echo product

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. The idea is to allow Alexa owners to create their own voice apps, like a trivia game or bedtime stories, or teach Alexa to respond to questions with answers they design - like "Who's the best mom in the world?", for example.

The Alexa Skill Blueprint is now only available to users in the United States, while Echo owners can start creating custom responses with all available templates.

Alexa Blueprints are available today in the US only.

Select your blueprint template by visiting the Alexa Skill Blueprints website: blueprints.amazon.com. Each can be edited to suit a user's needs, and there is a button to add more.

There are three sections to a template: Content, Experience, and Name.

The closest offering that Alexa rival Google Assistant has to Blueprints are "routines", which started to become available to Google Home users last month.

The custom questions and answers are surely going to keep Alexa users busy tinkering with the new feature for a while. If it's a trivia skill, Alexa will open the skill and start asking you trivia questions that you've added to the skill. As for what types of skills can already be created there are options for everything from making "sick burns to roast your friends" to creating a set of flash cards so that you or someone you know can get some help studying for that big test. The program relies on a few basic templates that offers room to create customized experiences for Alexa within minutes just by filling in the blanks.

If you named your custom skill, "John's Birthday", you can just say, "Alexa, open John's Birthday skill". Kids have readily taken to Alexa, and today there are almost 500 public Alexa skills built for kids alone.

Each page features two sections: "How to create", with steps on building that particular skill, and "How to use", which explains the process for using the skill. When it is ready, it will be available on any Alexa-enabled device associated with that Amazon account.

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