Amazon introduced Alexa Skill Blueprints back in April, allowing Alexa users to create their own Alexa skills without knowing how to code. Now, users can even share the skills they’ve created with friends and family members.
Alexa users’ Blueprints skills can be shared via email, text, WhatsApp and social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. For example, a person from one study group can create flashcard skills and share with others studying same topics.
Amazon provides 20 templates for Alexa users to create their own voice skills, with categories spanning across Fun & Games, At Home, Storyteller and Learning & Knowledge.
Each template comes with pre-filled contents, and every user can use them or further customize with their preference. For example, they can write down where the TV remote is, who’s the emergency contact and where to find more toilet papers as customized Alexa skills for guests.
After creating the skill, users can go to “Skills You’ve Made” page, select the Blueprints skills they want to share, go to the Access menu under the Skill Actions, and choose “Share With Others.”
With the sharing, a friend or relative will receive a link, which brings them to the Blueprints page and asks them to enable the skill. Any changes made by the Blueprints creators will be immediately updated for the people they’ve shared the skill with.
To stop sharing, they can go to the Access menu and switch back to the “Just Me” option.
Alexa Skill Blueprints is still relatively new to all Alexa users. And not all Alexa users need a customized Blueprints skill. There hasn’t been much discussion online about the Alexa Skill Blueprints, and Amazon declined to share the number of people using the new feature.
“We’ve been excited about the level of adoption for Alexa Skill Blueprints and have seen particular interest in the Custom Q&A, World’s Best Dad, Burns, Houseguest, Compliments and Fairy Tale templates. The popularity of Blueprints with customers has been higher than expected and we anticipate it to increase as we introduce new features, like sharing,” said Amazon’s spokesperson to TechCrunch.