Amazon has introduced a new feature called “Alexa Skill Blueprints,” which allows every Echo owners to create their customized Alexa skills, even though they have no coding experience.
The idea of Alexa Skill Blueprints, which will be available to just American users for now, is to let everyone to create a skill or answers to questions that will only work on their own Alexa devices. It could be a custom joke, a preferred trivia game or a set of instructions for a babysitter.
“Alexa Skill Blueprints in an entirely new way for you to teach Alexa personalized skills just for you and your family,” said Steve Rabuchin, vice president of Amazon Alexa, in a statement.
“You don’t need experience building skills or coding to get started – my family created our own jokes skill in a matter of minutes, and it’s been a blast to interact with Alexa in a totally new and personal way.”
Amazon launched a website for Alexa Skill Blueprints, allowing Echo owners to use templates creating their own skills which can be stored in their own Amazon account. There are currently 20 blueprint templates across four categories – Fun & Games, At Home, Storyteller and Learning & Knowledge.
Each template comes with pre-filled content, which may be further customized. Homeowners can create skills that tell guests where TV remote is, who’s the emergency contacts and where to find more toilet papers, for example.
Users may even create skills to answer questions like “Who’s has the best sense of humor?” or “Who’s the best mom in the world?”
Families can also create skills for children such as trivia games and bed time stories which can be activated with a command like “Alexa, start Anna’s Story.”
After the skills have been created, users my access them across Echo devices registered with their Amazon account.