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Alexa Skills Projects

By : Madhur Bhargava
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Alexa Skills Projects

By: Madhur Bhargava

Overview of this book

Amazon Echo is a smart speaker developed by Amazon, which connects to Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service and is entirely controlled by voice commands. Amazon Echo is currently being used for a variety of purposes such as home automation, asking generic queries, and even ordering a cab or pizza. Alexa Skills Projects starts with a basic introduction to Amazon Alexa and Echo. You will then deep dive into Alexa Programming concepts such as Intents, Slots, Lambdas and maintaining your skill’s state using DynamoDB. You will get a clear understanding of how some of the most popular Alexa Skills work, and gain experience of working with real-world Amazon Echo applications. In the concluding chapters, you will explore the future of voice-enabled applications and their coverage with respect to the Internet of Things. By the end of the book, you will have learned to design Alexa Skills for specific purposes and interact with Amazon Echo to execute these skills.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Title Page
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Developing the Ambience Manager Skill

As always, we will be making use of the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Console to configure the Ambience Manager Skill:

  1. Navigate to, and click on the Sign In button located in the top-right corner of the screen:

Figure 6.17: Alexa Skills portal

  1. After signing in, click on the Alexa Skills Kit menu item on the top-left, and from the menu, select Get Started Alexa Skills Kit:

Figure 6.18: Alexa Skills Portal – signing in

  1. On the screen that appears next, click on the Start a Skill button, located in the center of the screen:

Figure 6.19: Alexa Skills Portal – starting a skill

  1. This should land you on the ASK Console:

Figure 6.20: Alexa Skills Portal – ASK Console

Click on the Create Skill button located at the bottom of the screen.

  1. The next screen is the Create a new skill screen, which will require a SkillName to proceed further:

Figure 6.21: Naming the skill

Please name the skill Ambience Manager and click on the Next button.

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