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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
Packt Upsell


We hope you enjoyed creating the Ambience Manager Skill. This skill had a lot of moving parts that were not Alexa-specific, such as Firebase, the ambient sensor, and the mobile app. We also covered the One-Shot Launch, and skill debugging via CloudWatch.

As with the previous skills, the Ambience Manager Skill still has room for improvement, such as handling humidity data and the introduction of additional intents.

We have left the improvements as an exercise for the user to hone the skill even further.

We also hope that you are now a little more confident with your knowledge regarding Alexa skills and can't wait to see what you create next.

In the last chapter, we will explore the future of Voice-Based Assistants.