Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Amazon's now letting anyone create custom questions/responses for Alexa

Amazon's now letting anyone create custom questions/responses for Alexa

But now, thanks to Amazon's new Alexa Skill Blueprints initiative, you can make your own - and you don't need to be an app developer to do so. For other Alexa-enabled Fire tablets, you are simply required to tap the home button first, while other users are required to open the Alexa app. You can also use Skill Blueprints to create an interactive adventure story with a child as the lead character, for instance, "Alexa, start Anna's Story". Now, anyone can create custom Alexa skills even if they don't know how to code.

Amazon is giving you a smooth start by providing a set of templates to let you create all the skills and custom question/responses. Flashcard or quiz Blueprints can be created to help you study. In addition, these personalized Alexa Skills will just add to the smart home, e-commerce and ecosystem moat that surrounds Amazon's business.

There are three sections to a template: Content, Experience, and Name. Alexa can be programmed to answer questions such as "how to turn on the TV" and provide instructions for using various appliances.

Looking at the blueprints, they indeed seem simple enough for any user.

Next, head to the Skill Blueprints page - and consider bookmarking it, because this is where you'll come to add future Blueprints and manage the ones you have.

These custom responses can be created at, reports TechCrunch.

"Amazon Alexa Blueprints are not as much a new way of developing skills as they are easy-to-access training modules for building skills", said Paul Teich, principal analyst at Tirias Research. Amazon says that Echo Spot Devices will ship to customers and be available at retailers beginning 26 April, 2018.

Like all the other Echo devices, the Echo Spot is powered by Alexa and works the same way as the other smart speakers, including being able to control your smart home setup.

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