Amazon makes Alexa more personal with custom responses

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

Amazon this morning is introducing "Alexa Blueprints", a new way for any Alexa owner to create their own customized Alexa skills or responses, without needing to know how to code. Having now ventured into voice search, Cleartrip claims to be looking further in enhancing its Alexa skills and add more options to serve the end-to-end travel and leisure booking requirements of its users. Custom skills you make are tied specifically to account, meaning they'll only work on Echo speakers that you own. Those are just some of the skills available but there are more than twenty blueprints across four categories to pick from.

Just hours after announcing that Amazon Prime has surpassed 100 million members, the e-commerce giant revealed a new way for Alexa users to build their own custom skills and responses.

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There are more than 30,000 Alexa skills available today, but if the one you want doesn't yet exist, creating it yourself should be easier than ever. In just a few simple steps users will be able to generate skills and voice apps based on preprogrammed templates.

Once you have entered the content, click the "Next: Experience" button at the top right-hand corner of the screen. We've been very interested to see interactive audio stories start to take off on the smart speaker, and it could be very interesting to see an established author attempt to tell a story through Alexa. Among the possibilities are answers to specific questions, or skills for particular users, such as houseguests. This will be the name users use to open the skill. But to create Alexa skills, a technical background was required. These skills are designed for the user's home and will only appear on devices registered to their Amazon account. Amazon says that Echo Spot Devices will ship to customers and be available at retailers beginning 26 April, 2018.

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