Alexa Blueprints - that's the name of the new Amazon platform that allows you to easily create custom skills for Alexa, in 10 minutes or less, and without any programming involved.
Why would you want to do it?
For one thing, it's great fun for you, your kids and the entire family - from jokes to bedtime stories to games and trivia.
One possible usage, as per Amazon suggestion, would be to provide the babysitter with the information about caring for your kids.
"You don’t need experience building skills or coding to get started—my family created our own jokes skill in a matter of minutes, and it’s been a blast to interact with Alexa in a totally new and personal way", says Amazon Alexa Vice President Steve Rabuchin.
How about business-use ideas? If you're renting your home via Airbnb, one Alexa skill can be used for all of your house-guests, and it practically guarantees positive experiences and feedback.
Another thing that immediately comes to mind is using custom skills when you invite customers, suppliers and associates to business meetings. You can load it with important facts about your industry, company, or the project you're working on. It makes for a terrific aid to your presentations.
How do You Create a Skill?
Depending on the kind of skill you want to create, Amazon provides you with a number of templates. Esentilly, you select the template, fill in the info, and publish the new skill. No coding. No prior knowledge required. Easy! Follow these steps:
- Go to blueprints.amazon.com and select a template
- Fill out the blanks
...and in no time the new skill will be uploaded to your Amazon Alexa device, which is linked to your account.
The skill will also appear in your account at the Skills You’ve Made page, whereby you can enable, disable or delete the skills you create.
Alexa Blueprints Disadvantages
While using Alexa Blueprints is fun and easy, there are 2 serious disadvantages:
- At this time, the Alexa Blueprints platform works only in US. We're in Australia, and we could not test it, and
- The skills you create are NOT available to the public, but only on your own Alexa device.
Creating Alexa Skills for Profit without Coding
Want to make profits by creating Alexa skills? Presently, it's a HUGE opportunity in a massively growing market with almost no competition. Furthermore, you can do it without Blueprints and without any coding by using the Storyline platform.
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