Amazon has announced Alexa Blueprints, a dead simple way to customize Alexa’s responses to questions and make your own Alexa skills without any coding. Using an easy to follow online interface, you can make Alexa give personal answers to questions, play personalized games, guide speakers with specific instructions, and more.
The idea behind Alexa Blueprints is to make it so anyone can configure an Alexa response that only occurs on your own Alexa devices. Amazon has provided several templates to get you started on making personalized Alexa responses. Templates include fun and games, like family jokes, learning and knowledge templates, like custom flashcards, home templates, like instructions for a babysitter, and storyteller templates to create personalized interactive stories that Alexa can read.
The beauty of the “Custom Q&A” Alexa Blueprint, which will likely be the one most people use, is that it doesn’t require a clumsy way of launching your custom responses. Questions you enter simply replace natural language requests made to Alexa. If you want the question “Alexa, who has the stinkiest farts” to give the response “That’s clearly [spouse’s name]” you can make it so in a matter of minutes.
Alexa Blueprints will surely be used to make jokes and poke fun at family and friends. Amazon has already provided several templates for just that purpose, so expect to see a flood of videos depicting funny responses from Alexa in the coming weeks. However, there are handy uses as well.
The houseguest and babysitter templates can be used to let Alexa help guests figure things out while you’re not around. Examples Amazon gives are instructions on how to use your entertainment system or where to find more diapers. The various storyteller templates can be remotely configured by a parent who is away on a business trip to give kids a personalized bedtime story.
There are currently 21 Alexa Blueprint templates to choose from. They are available now to all customers in the United States.