Amazon Alexa

  • Amazon Alexa:

Alexa is a smart assistant that can listen to you and respond with answers      to questions, remind you of things and generally make your life easier. And the voice-activated, interactive AI (Artificial Intelligence) bot.

Alexa has become synonymous with Amazon products like the Echo, Echo dot, Echo plus, Echo Spot, Echo Show, Echo Auto, Echo Look. Alexa    is designed to respond to a number of different commands and even converse     with users. Alexa comes with more than a few capabilities: voice interaction,      music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing    audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, sports, and other real-time information, such as news.

Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home      automation system. Business is a paid subscription service allowing companies to use Alexa to join conference calls, schedule meeting rooms, and custom skills designed by 3rd-party vendors.

Alexa can also facilitate communication with third-party services, including the aforementioned Uber and Domino’s, and Capital One’s online banking services. Amazon Alexa doesn’t actually get access to the transactions     taking place, however. 

  • Alexa skill kit :

Alexa skills are kind of like an app, which you control with your voice, that can perform different tasks with the help of third-party apps. Some      require a bit of setup on the back end. Connecting your Alexa device to product accounts or apps.

                   Some Alexa Skills connect to smart devices, bringing voice control to a smart home from smart lights to locks, smart thermostats to televisions and  more. Alexa becomes a home’s second in command users tell Alexa to tell     other devices what to do. There are Alexa Skills for almost any kind of smart    home device. These Alexa Smart Home articles can get users started      immediately, quick start guides for using Alexa. Alexa Skills that help lock         down the security of your smart home. 

  • Create a New Custom Skill

Alexa provides a set of built-in capabilities, referred to as skills. Customers can access these new abilities by asking Alexa questions or making requests.

Step 1 : The first step in building a new skill in added Skill Name and Default language.

Step 2 : Choose a model to add your skill. There are many ways to start building a skill. You can design your own custom model or start with a pre-built model.

          • Custom
          • Flash Briefing
          • Smart Home
          • Music / Video
          • Baby Activity

Step 3 : Choose a method to host your skill’s backend resources.You can  self host your back end resources or you can have Alexa host it for you. Which will allow you to deploy code directly to AWS Lambda from the developer console. 

  • New things of alexa :
    ◦     Amazon Music
    If you use Amazon Music on your Alexa speakers and follow your favorite song, artists, Alexa will notify you of new album and track releases from those following artists.

◦     New Routines
Routines are great way to put you to work for alexa by grouping         multiple actions to a single command or having them fire off at the same time   every day.
◦     Email
Alexa will soon be getting email integration, too. After you link either a Gmail, Outlook or Hotmail account, you can say, “Alexa, do I have any new emails?” . It will read through your emails and you will be able to reply using        only your voice.
◦     Local Voice Control
Normally, when your internet gone, your Alexa speakers stop working. However, the upcoming Echo devices with built-in smart home hubs (the new  Echo Plus and Echo Show), you will still be able to control your smart home devices that are on the same local wireless network.
◦     Family Use
You can also use the entire family of Amazon Echo speakers as a home intercom system. If you have multiple Echos throughout your home, you can initiate walkie-talkie chats between them with a voice command. You’ll have to set this up first, by giving each of your devices names and the enabling the drop-in feature.