Amazon is significantly raising the standards in the smart assistant battle that is ongoing between the tech giants. Up until now, Alexa has been a solid yet slightly rigid assistant, but this is all about to change. Welcome, Alexa Blueprints; the newly created tool to let you make new Alexa Skills that are tailored for your home living. Amazon makes the process simple; pick a blueprint, fill in the blanks and use your skill. The blueprint is essentially a template for certain customizable skills & here is a complete list of what is currently included as described by Amazon:

 

  • Custom Q&A – Customize Alexa’s response to your questions.
  • Family Trivia – Play together and brush upon your family history.
  • Houseguest – Welcome your guests with a guide to your home and neighborhood.
  • Fairy Tale – Create an interactive prince and princess-themed tale.
  • Quiz – Challenge your friends with open-ended questions.
  • Pet Sitter – Help the pet sitter care for your favorite animal.
  • Inspirations – Curate a list of your favorite motivational quotes.
  • Doubles Trouble – Play to find out which couple knows each other best.
  • Burns – Roast your friends and family with lighthearted burns.
  • Babysitter – Help the sitter find things, remember steps, and get important info.
  • Flashcards – Study, test yourself, and master any subject by voice.
  • Compliments – Flatter your favorites with a list of custom compliments.
  • First Letter – Play a game of categories starting with a certain letter.
  • Sci-Fi – Create an interactive story with a far-out theme.
  • Famly Jokes – Create a list of your favorite jokes for when you need a laugh.
  • Trivia – Create a multiple choice trivia game on any topic.
  • Birthday Trivia – Play to see who knows the birthday girl or boy best.
  • Bachelorette Party – Play to find out how well the bride’s friends know her.
  • Fable – Create an interactive story with a timeless lesson.
  • Facts – Create and access a personal list of facts on any topic.
  • Adventure – Create an adventure story where your child is the hero.

 

This package offers both entertainment value but also practical applications which make Alexa a more useful assistant. An especially useful feature is the houseguest blueprint, which you and Alexa can work together to offer a premade bundle of questions that guests can ask for help when staying at your house or apartment. This would be useful for increasing your guest’s experiences if you rent out a property on Airbnb, likely adding both fun and effective customer value. Questions included could be for the Wi-Fi password, directions to the nearest supermarket, contact details of the nearest hospital or where to put the bedding at the end of their stay. Now we are passed the stage of the big tech firms pushing out their first smart assistant products, we are now in the time for upgraded customization and deeper functionality. May the battle between Amazon, Google and Apple commence!

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