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Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Blueprints’ let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses		
		
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Personalize Your Alexa Experience in Minutes with Alexa Skill Blueprints. With the Alexa Skills Blueprints, revealed Thursday, users can create custom skills based on provided blueprint outlines. To make things even simpler Amazon has separated all the different blueprints out into their own respective categories with a handful in each one so users should find what they're looking for without much of an issue, if there are any issues at all.

Alexa Blueprints are available today in the USA only.

To get started with Alexa Skills Blueprints, head to the website and click on the tile for the skill that you want to build.

There are three sections to a template: Content, Experience, and Name. For other Alexa-enabled Fire tablets, you are simply required to tap the home button first, while other users are required to open the Alexa app.

The closest offering that Alexa rival Google Assistant has to Blueprints are "routines", which started to become available to Google Home users last month. Or, just as you ask Alexa to turn off the lights, now she can show your security camera feed.
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After you've created the custom skill, it will be available in the Skills You've Made webpage on the Blueprints site. 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. When I'm able to customize Alexa's responses to my questions, that's where I change a tune.

The Echo Spot include Amazons second generation far-field technology with four microphones, acoustic beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation which Amazon says allows the Echo Spot to hear you from across the room.

Each page features two sections: "How to create", with steps on building that particular skill, and "How to use", which explains the process for using the skill.

Are there any example custom Alexa Skills?

Go to the Alexa Skills Blueprint Help Hub for more information.

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