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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.

You could also create a skill that includes helpful information for the babysitter, which could be triggered by the command, "Alexa, open My Sitter", Amazon suggests. There is no coding knowledge required, because Amazon's offering "Blueprint templates" that make it easy for you to make a Skill within minutes.

Amazon has introduced a way for anyone to create their own Alexa skills - without having to input even a single line of code. With the Flashcards Blueprint, you can set up a customized set of questions - and answers, natch - and Alexa will deliver a voice-powered quiz. You can create your own family trivia game Skill, for instance, instead of using the existing Jeopardy!

You can find the tool at the Amazon Alexa Skill Template website.

Once you have entered the content, click the "Next: Experience" button at the top right-hand corner of the screen.




These custom responses can be created at blueprints.amazon.com, reports TechCrunch.

Alexa Blueprints are available today in the US only.

The opening of Alexa skills to non-coders will help Amazon gain an edge over rivals Google Home and Apple HomePod. That means questions people might ask Alexa, and all the answers she'll respond with.

Inc.is looking to widen its lead in the smart-speaker market with a new service that will let consumers personalize the capabilities of their Alexa devices. Customers can use smart home skills and devices from Philips Hue, LIFX, Arlo, Ring, Telstra Smart Home, and more.

Before you put on your thinking hat to innovate skills and responses, it is to be understood that the ability to do so is now limited to the USA and for the English language.


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