- Amazon Echo: Introduction
- Who is Alexa?
- Alexa Skills Kit: Introduction
- Creating Your First Alexa Skill
- How to Submit Your Skill
- What Makes a Good Skill?
The Internet of Things is growing fast, and developers have the potential to unlock the potential of IoT for the connected home and beyond. This course is designed to provide developers with an introduction to IoT and voice-first user experiences, using Amazon’s Alexa platform as an example. We’ll give you an overview of Amazon Echo, the device that TechCrunch says “proves the viability of voice-based home computing.” Then you’ll meet Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, and learn how third-party developers can add new capabilities, called skills, to Alexa. We will discuss the Alexa Skills Kit and explain how to create a voice app using AWS Lambda. Finally, we’ll help you understand the differences between building mobile applications and voice experiences and provide best practices for voice design.
Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice. Examples of skills include the ability to play music, answer general questions, set an alarm or timer, and more.
The Alexa Skills Kit is a collection of self-service APIs, tools, documentation and code samples that make it fast and easy for you to add skills to Alexa. You can also use the Smart Home Skill API, a new addition to the Alexa Skills Kit, to easily teach Alexa how to control your cloud-controlled lighting and thermostat devices. All of the code runs in the cloud – nothing is on any user device.
In our courses, you will learn how to build engaging voice experiences.