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With Alexa Blueprints you can truly make Amazon Alexa your own

By Marcus Wong - on 24 Apr 2018, 2:22pm

Amazon’s Alexa Blueprints lets you easily create your own Alexa skills or responses

One of the problems with personal assistants is that the responses are pretty much always the same. That’s all set to change with the launch of Alexa Blueprints by Amazon though, as the portal allows anyone to create a personal skill for Alexa in minutes.

The video below explains how it works, but essentially there are templates for the most common skills provided on the website, and you simply fill in a form by choosing the appropriate options or by filling in the fields with responses/answers for Alexa to tap into when called to perform the skill.

 “You don’t need experience building skills or coding to get started,” said Steve Rabuchin (Vice President, Amazon Alexa). “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.”

There are more than 20 templates across categories like Fun & Games, At Home and Learning & Knowledge. Each template provides a sample example, a list of steps that tell you exactly what you need to do, and how to use the new skill you just created so you’re pretty much walked through the entire process.

The website pretty much guides you through all the steps needed.

 At the moment, the templates are limited to just customizable voice responses, so you’re not going to be able to program Alexa to cook you Grandma’s special signature pie just yet. Profanities are of course restricted, so there’s no way to make Alexa swear. Still, this is just another example of how Amazon is showing it listens to customers by making the personal assistant just that bit more “personal”.

Sources: Amazon, Wired, Venturebeat, TechCrunch