A noteworthy blog post has recently appeared on the official Amazon Alexa blog.
As I will be creating numerous tutorials that will require coding I have created a new Github repository to house this code. At present this repository is empty but will up over time.
The repository can be found HERE.
I am also developing some tools that are aimed to help developers in their efforts in creating Echo skills and other Alexa tools. This repository can be found HERE.
So far I have uploaded 2 files onto this repository. These are:
So this year Amazon have not showcased any new products or even any enhancements to their current product lineup. Therefore you would expect Amazon to be overshadowed at CES. Far from it, Amazon has had no need to announce any products as everybody else appears to be announcing Amazon tie-ins instead.
Let's take a look at some of the highlights.
With the release of the Amazon Echo in the UK 1 of the main complaints that users have had is the lack of If This Then That (IFTTT) support. Well, today Amazon has brought some good news to those awaiting the support, UK Echo's now support the IFTTT service. The bad news is that German users are still awaiting support.
So what is IFTTT
IFTTT is a collection of applets that can carry out a number of actions based on a trigger. For example, it would be possible to activate an applet that turns the lights off automatically when you leave the house.
Today via a blog post, Amazon have announced the preview of the new Alexa Skills Kit. Although the preview is currently only available for US skills the new kit demonstrates that we are working on a maturing system. Much of the functionality within the new skills kit could be created by the skills developer, however, the advantage of using built-in intents can be seen when trying to cater for a large number of sample utterances to cover each potential method an end-user may use to request information.
Amazon have partnered with Hackster.io to run a contest. If you are creating a skill that utilises a 3rd party public API this would be the perfect time to release that skill and enter the contest.
So What Are The Contest Details?
There are 2 categories for entering (you do not specify the category you are entering, this seems to be decided by the judges). The categories are Creative Skills and Useful Skills.