Such skillage! This week Amazon reported that developers have now released over 1,000 skills for Alexa, the cloud-based virtual assistant behind Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Tap, and other Alexa-enabled devices. With every new skill, Alexa gets smarter, giving developers a new way to delight their consumers with voice-enabled experiences.
Creating an Alexa skill is easy and fast. Developers can use the Smart Home Skill API within the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) to easily extend smart home capabilities for Alexa. They can also create custom skills with ASK by designing their voice UI and simply building cloud-hosted code that interacts with Alexa cloud-based APIs to process consumer requests. Alexa does the work to hear, understand, and resolve the consumer’s spoken request, and then maps the service call to the developer’s endpoint.
Although Amazon Echo has still not been officially released in Canada, there are already a few Canadian centric Skills.