Amazon has launched a new feature for Alexa-enabled devices called ‘Skill Blueprints’ that makes it easy for anyone to design their own skill for Echo devices.
The idea is to allow Alexa users to come up with their own voice apps, like jokes or voice-activated instructions. An example from the skills website is to get Alexa to roast your friends with light-hearted burns.
A user will simply add an activation phrase to Alexa’s knowledge base like “Alexa, open my burns” from there you can also add a response like, “You again? Well, as long as you are here, you are my favourite person besides every other person I’ve ever met. Want more of the truth?”
Besides getting Alexa to roast your friends there are skills that will let users leave instructions for a pet sitter, a house guest, or to tell a story.
Before Amazon enabled this new feature, users who wanted to build Skills had to know how to code.
So far this feature isn’t currently available in Canada and Amazon has no comment on when it will support Canadian English. Users north of the border can access these new skills, but they will have to change the language on Alexa to US English.