The Amazon Echo has just received a major update
Echo owners can now make these popular devices a little more personal with a new update that’s just been released in the UK today.
Amazon has announced that users can now access the Alexa Skill Blueprints which offer a wide variety of personalised experiences.
This update basically allows you to create your own way of interacting with Alexa without needing to learn any code.
Using Amazon’s templates you can set up your speaker to provide helpful information, create family chore charts or have some fun with your favourite jokes.
For example, if you have a guest staying with you, you can create a House Guest skill so that they can ask, “Alexa, where’s the hairdryer” or “Alexa, what’s the wifi password?”.
You can also customise your own Alexa questions and answers with the Custom Q&A template, so you can ask “Alexa, who is the fairest of them all?” Or you can help divide up the family chores with Chore Chart, so you can ask “Alexa, ask chore chart what are my chores today”.
“Alexa Skill Blueprints is an entirely new way for you to teach Alexa personalized skills just for you and your family,” said Amazon’s Alexa Vice President Steve Rabuchin.
“You don’t need experience building skills or coding to get started—my family created our own jokes skill in a matter of minutes, and it’s been a blast to interact with Alexa in a totally new and personal way.”
There’s a total of 22 templates with each offering a different set of skills.
The Alexa Blueprints update is now available in the UK
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO YOUR ECHO FROM TODAY
ALEXA AT HOME
Custom Q&A – Customise Alexa’s responses to your questions
Sidekick – Alexa always has your back with these supportive and funny responses
Houseguest – Welcome your guests with a guide to your home and neighbourhood
Pet Sitter – Help your pet sitter or friends and family care for your favourite animal
Babysitter – Help the babysitter find things. Remember steps, and get important info
Whose Turn – Figure out whose turn it is to do something – make tea, take out the rubbish – by having Alexa choose for you
Chore chart – Schedule weekly chores for your entire household
Flatmate – Leave important information for your flatmates, like when the next bill is due
ALEXA FUN AND GAMES
Roast – Roast your friends and family with light-hearted jokes
Inspirations – Curate a list of your favourite motivational quotes and daily mantras
Family Jokes – Create a list of your favourite jokes for when you need a laugh
Compliments – Flatter your favourite people with a list of compliments
Trivia – Create a multiple choice trivia game on any topic
Family Trivia – Create a personalised family quiz
Birthday Trivia – Who knows the birthday boy or girl best?
What To Do – Have Alexa help you choose fun things to do
Amazon Echo update
ALEXA LEARNING AND KNOWLEDGE
Flashcards – Study, test yourself, and master any subject by voice
Quiz – Challenge your friends with open-ended questions
Facts – Create and access a personal list of facts on any topic
Sci-Fi – Create an interactive story with a far-out theme
Fairy Tale – Create an interactive prince or princess-themed tale
Adventure – Create an adventure story where your child is the hero
The news of this update comes ahead of Amazon‘s Black Friday 2018 sale which will start on Friday, November 16 and run until November 25.
During the highly-anticipated event the outlet will offer customers “Deals of the Day” that will slash the cost of home items, beauty products, electronics, toys and more.
But that’s not all, Amazon will also feature what the retailer is dubbing “Lightning Deals”.
These will take the form of dramatic cost cuts on a variety of items for a “short period of time”.
And Amazon has insisted such products will only be available in “limited quantities”, meaning customers will have to act fast if they want to snap up the discounts.
Prime members will “have an exclusive 30-minute early access period to all Lightning Deals”, meaning they will have the first opportunities to take advantage of the limited-time promotions.
That means being a Prime member will allow you to get the best Black Friday 2018 experience with the outlet.