New Alexa Blueprints let users make custom skills without knowing any code

21 April, 2018, 16:16 | Author: Kristi Owen
  • Amazon's new 'Alexa Blueprints' let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses

But now, thanks to Amazon's new Alexa Skill Blueprints initiative, you can make your own - and you don't need to be an app developer to do so.

A user will simply add an activation phrase to Alexa's knowledge base like "Alexa, open my burns" from there you can also add a response like, "You again?" "My family created our own jokes skill in a matter of minutes". Just go to blueprints.amazon.com and you will be able to browse through more than 20 Skill Blueprints across four specific categories: Fun & Games, At Home, Storyteller, and Learning & Knowledge.

Do you want Amazon's Alexa to answer more questions than it already does, or want her to take silly instructions from you? Flashcard or quiz Blueprints can be created to help you study.

Amazon's latest initiative, Alexa Skill Blueprints, essentially allows you to personalise your Alexa experience.

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


On Thursday Amazon announced a new feature designed for its line of smart speakers. While these skills will exist for your Amazon account until you delete them, they aren't posted to the general Alexa Skills score, so strangers will not have access to your couple's trivia game that's personalized for you, your spouse, and your best coupled friends.

After that is done, the "Name" button will take them to the page where they can name the skill. Kids have readily taken to Alexa, and today there are almost 500 public Alexa skills built for kids alone.

The capabilities Alexa has are way more than any other assistants out there. It's only available for Amazon customers in the U.S. though and no news if it will be available elsewhere.

The move comes as companies such as Google Inc. and Apple Inc. continue to try to chip away at Alexa's lead with a variety of their own devices. That means questions people might ask Alexa, and all the answers she'll respond with. When it is ready, it will be available on any Alexa-enabled device associated with that Amazon account.

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