While developers could already create skills for Alexa, it does require some tech/coding knowledge, but with Blueprints, the aim is to allow anyone to create a custom skill for Alexa for use on their own Echo device. New skills will be stored on the Blueprints site from which you can retrieve and edit them. Users can create skills for games, learning, connected home, and storytelling, according to the website. Houseguest lets Alexa answer questions about your home, such as "How do you turn on the TV?" or "Where's the extra toilet paper" and could be helpful if you rent your space on AirBnb or simply have a friend staying over when you're out of town.
The skills you create can be very straightforward or somewhat complex.
"Alexa Skill Blueprints is an entirely new way for you to teach Alexa personalized skills just for you and your family", explained Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa, in a statement about the launch.
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The downside at the moment is that Blueprints is only available in US English, so you're going to have to change the language settings if you want to give it a go.
Next, head to the Skill Blueprints page - and consider bookmarking it, because this is where you'll come to add future Blueprints and manage the ones you have. The skills and responses you create with Alexa Skill Blueprints will be available instantly on the devices associated with the user's account.
A great one to start with is personal Q&A, which lets you create answers to any questions you choose to ask. Except, of course, Blueprints is tied to Amazon and its Alexa system. Click on "Make Your Own" start building your Alexa Skill. Customers can use smart home skills and devices from Philips Hue, LIFX, Arlo, Ring, Telstra Smart Home, and more.
The capabilities Alexa has are way more than any other assistants out there.