Amazon has introduced Alexa Skill Blueprints in India, a new way to create your own personalised skills and responses for Alexa. Using a set of easy-to-use templates anyone can create customised experiences for Alexa within minutes just by filling in the blanks.
Whether it’s your own answer to the question “Alexa, who makes the best Rajma Chawal in the world?” or a skill that helps you surprise parents with a personalised story narrated by Alexa, “Alexa, open My Dad’s Story.” Alexa Skill Blueprints allow you to build experiences into Alexa that are personalised to you and help make Alexa even more useful around your home. The skills you create are specially designed for you and your family, and will only appear on the devices registered to your Amazon account.
“Alexa Skill Blueprints are a new way for you to customise your Alexa experience. Personalised skills and responses make Alexa even more knowledgeable, delivering a delightful experience that is unique to you and your family,” said Dilip R.S., Country Manager for Alexa Skills, Amazon India. “You don’t need experience to build skills or coding to get started. At home we created our family trivia skill in a matter of minutes, and Alexa is keeping everyone entertained in a totally new and personal way.”
Using Alexa Skill Blueprints is as easy as filling in the blanks. You can have fun customising responses to questions like “Alexa, what is the best city?” or “Alexa, who has the best sense of humor?” You can also use Skill Blueprints to create an interactive adventure story with your child as the lead character and rename the skill as desired, “Alexa, start Tina’s Story” or create a skill to relive hilarious family moments, “Alexa, open Family Jokes.” The skills and responses you create with Alexa Skill Blueprints will be available instantly on the devices associated with your account.
You can also share your personalised skill with family and friends to use on their own Alexa-enabled devices. Skills can be shared via email, text, WhatsApp, or social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Recipients will receive a direct link where they’ll be able to see details about your skill and have the ability to enable it for use on their own account.
Getting Started with Alexa Skill Blueprints:
Creating your own Alexa skill and responses is simple. Just ask “Alexa, tell me about Alexa blueprints” and follow three easy steps:
1. Select your blueprint template by visiting the Alexa Skill Blueprints website: blueprints.amazon.in. There you can browse through 30 Skill Blueprints across four categories including Fun & Games, Learning & Knowledge, At Home, and Storyteller.
2. Unleash your creativity. Each blueprint comes with pre-filled content that can be used as-is or customised as you like.
3. With just one click your skill will be available on all Alexa-enabled devices associated with your Amazon account.
There is no limit to the number of skills you can create. Need to add even more hilarious jokes to the “Family Jokes” skill? No problem, editing is simple on the Alexa Skill Blueprints website.
Alexa Skill Blueprints available at launch include:
Fun & Games
1. Inspirations: Curate a list of your favorite motivational quotes.
2. Roast: Roast your friends and family with lighthearted burns.
3. First Letter: Play a game of categories starting with a certain letter.
4. Family Jokes: Create a list of your favorite jokes for when you need a laugh.
5. Trivia: Create a multiple choice trivia game on any topic.
6. Couples Quiz: Play to find out which couple knows each other best.
7. Birthday Trivia: Play to see who knows the birthday girl or boy best.
8. Compliments: Flatter your favorites with a list of custom compliments.
9. Family Trivia: Play together and brush up on your family history.
10. World’s Best Dad: Celebrate dad with a list of customised compliments.
11. Interactive Story: Create a story and test your memory.
12. Three Word Sort: Train your brain in this topsy-turvy sorting game
13. World’s Best Mom: Celebrate mom with a list of customised compliments.
14. Five Item Rush: Score your friends in this wacky categories game
Learning & Knowledge
15. Flash Cards: Study, test yourself, and master any subject by voice
16. Facts: Keep a list of facts on your favorite topic, all in one place
17. Quiz: Challenge yourself and others with a customisable quiz
18. Listening Quiz: Listen and recall with this listening quiz skill.
19. Custom Q&A: Customise responses to your questions
20. Houseguest: Make your guests feel at home with quick access to important info
21. Whose Turn: Figure out whose turn it is to do something by having Alexa choose for you.
22. Task Chart: Schedule and track weekly chores for your entire household.
23. Roommate: Help your roommates by providing them with all the important information they should know.
24. Sidekick: Alexa always has your back with these supportive and funny responses.
25. Adventure: Write an adventure story where your child is the hero
26. Fairy Tale: Customise an interactive prince and princess-themed tale
27. Sci-Fi: Create an interactive story with a far-out theme
28. Fable: Create a short narrative with a moral of the story
29. All About Dad: Surprise dad with a personalised story narrated by Alexa.
30. All About Mom: Surprise mom with a personalised story narrated by Alexa.