Amazon Australia unveils new Echo product

Amazon confirm Echo Spot for Australian market

Alexa just received a pretty hefty upgrade with "Alexa Blueprints"; a new feature that lets you create custom responses to your voice requests. You can create your own family trivia game Skill, for instance, instead of using the existing Jeopardy!

Amazon's Alexa Skill Blueprints appears to be a quick for one of the more frequent complaints associated with voice activated questions and responses: getting the right kind of answer the user wants. Alexa Skill Blueprints are simple templates that anyone can access from Amazon's new site and use to create their own customized Alexa experiences by filling in the blanks.

The Alexa Skill Blueprint is now only available to users in the U.S., while Echo owners can start creating custom responses with all available templates.

Amazon's decision to open the digital brain up to developers and device manufacturers in 2015 has contributed to its early lead in the competitive smart speaker race.

Unleash your creativity. Each blueprint comes with pre-filled content that can be used as-is or customized.

The closest offering that Alexa rival Google Assistant has to Blueprints are "routines", which started to become available to Google Home users last month.

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For example, the quiz blueprint by default has four questions, answers, and follow-up facts.

Now Amazon started with templates for houseguests guides, babysitter directions, trivia, compliments and stories, but the company will build out the Alexa Blueprint library.

"Alexa Skill Blueprints is an entirely new way for you to teach Alexa personalized skills just for you and your family", said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa.

Some examples Amazon presents in a release include a user supplying a specific answer to a basic question like "Alexa, who is the best mom in the world?"

After that is done, the "Name" button will take them to the page where they can name the skill.

The skills you create can be very straightforward or somewhat complex. Amazon hasn't set a limit on how many skills can be created by users, but it has set a limit on where the feature is available as it's now only live for users in the US with no word on when it will expand to other regions.

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