If you have an Amazon Echo smart speaker at home, or just any device powered by Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa in India, you can now create personalised skills in a matter of minutes using Amazon’s Alexa Skill Blueprints, a new way to customise Alexa’s responses. Amazon has launched Alexa Skill Blueprints in India which are a set of 30 skill templates spanning across four categories – Fun & Games, Learning & Knowledge, At Home, and Storyteller. The skills and responses you create for Alexa will be available instantly on the devices associated with your Amazon account.
For instance, you can can customise Alexa’s responses to questions like “Alexa, what is the best city?” or “Alexa, who has the best sense of humor?” or “Alexa, open My Dad’s Story”.
You can also share personalised skills for others to use on their own Alexa-enabled devices through email, text, WhatsApp, 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 accounts.
So how does one go about creating personalised Alexa responses using Alexa Skill Blueprints? Here’s what you need to do:
1. Select the Alexa Skill blueprint of your choice by visiting blueprints.amazon.in. Here, you can browse through 30 Skill Blueprints across Fun & Games, Learning & Knowledge, At Home, and Storyteller.
2. Select the category and Blueprint you want to customise. Each template comes with pre-filled content that can be used as-is or edited as per your preferences.
The website even has explainer videos to make it even easier to understand the process of customising an Alexa skill. Users can create as many personalised Alexa skills as they like and there is no limit on the same.
Here’s a list of all Alexa Skill Blueprints available at launch:
Fun & Games
Inspirations: Curate a list of your favorite motivational quotes.
Roast: Roast your friends and family with lighthearted burns.
First Letter: Play a game of categories starting with a certain letter.
Family Jokes: Create a list of your favorite jokes for when you need a laugh.
Trivia: Create a multiple choice trivia game on any topic.
Couples Quiz: Play to find out which couple knows each other best.
Birthday Trivia: Play to see who knows the birthday girl or boy best.
Compliments: Flatter your favorites with a list of custom compliments.
Family Trivia: Play together and brush up on your family history.
World’s Best Dad: Celebrate dad with a list of customised compliments.
Interactive Story: Create a story and test your memory.
Three Word Sort: Train your brain in this topsy-turvy sorting game
World’s Best Mom: Celebrate mom with a list of customised compliments.
Five Item Rush: Score your friends in this wacky categories game
Learning & Knowledge
Flash Cards: Study, test yourself, and master any subject by voice
Facts: Keep a list of facts on your favorite topic, all in one place
Quiz: Challenge yourself and others with a customisable quiz
Listening Quiz: Listen and recall with this listening quiz skill.
Custom Q&A: Customise responses to your questions
Houseguest: Make your guests feel at home with quick access to important info
Whose Turn: Figure out whose turn it is to do something by having Alexa choose for you.
Task Chart: Schedule and track weekly chores for your entire household.
Roommate: Help your roommates by providing them with all the important information they should know.
Sidekick: Alexa always has your back with these supportive and funny responses.
Adventure: Write an adventure story where your child is the hero
Fairy Tale: Customise an interactive prince and princess-themed tale
Sci-Fi: Create an interactive story with a far-out theme
Fable: Create a short narrative with a moral of the story
All About Dad: Surprise dad with a personalised story narrated by Alexa.
All About Mom: Surprise mom with a personalised story narrated by Alexa.