You Could Make The Amazon Echo Do Just About Amything

Echo and smart bulbsThere is a thing called the Amazon Skills Kit  (ASK) that lets developers (and that includes you) do just about anything you could think of with the Amazon Echo — within reason, of course.

Amazon has said that ASK is. “a collection of self-service APIs and tools that make it fast and easy for developers to create new voice-driven capabilities for Alexa. With a few lines of code, developers can easily integrate existing web services with Alexa or, in just a few hours, they can build entirely new experiences designed around voice. No experience with speech recognition or natural language understanding is required—Amazon does all the work to hear, understand, and process the customer’s spoken request so a developer doesn’t have to. The Alexa Skills Kit is free.

The article went on to give examples of what developers could create with the Alexa Skills Kit including:

“A hobbyist developer can enable Alexa to access his or her child’s school lunch menu—then, each morning simply ask, “Alexa, ask Ballard Elementary School what’s for lunch today” and decide whether to pack a lunch for the child.

“A device maker with an Internet-connected sprinkler system can integrate its sprinklers with Alexa, so a customer can say, “Alexa, ask my sprinkler to water my lawn for 15 minutes.” (Continue reading)