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The Internet of Things is growing fast, and developers have the potential to unlock the potential of IoT for the connected home and beyond. This course is designed to provide developers with an introduction to IoT and voice-first user experiences, using Amazon’s Alexa platform as an example. We’ll give you an overview of Amazon Echo, the device that TechCrunch says “proves the viability of voice-based home computing.” Then you’ll meet Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, and learn how third-party developers can add new capabilities, called skills, to Alexa. We will discuss the Alexa Skills Kit and explain how to create a voice app using AWS Lambda. Finally, we’ll help you understand the differences between building mobile applications and voice experiences and provide best practices for voice design.
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|Section 1: Introduction to Amazon Echo and Alexa.|
Start your journey as an Internet of Things developer by learning about Amazon Echo, a new device designed entirely around your voice. Learn why CNET said, “The Echo may be the closest thing we’ll have to a Star Trek computer at home."
Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to access new functionality from developers using their voice. Learn how developers can leverage Alexa to design creative voice solutions for the smart home and beyond.
Be ready for customers whenever they ask for you…no hands required. The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) is a collection of self-service APIs, tools, documentation and code samples that make it fast and easy for you to add skills to Alexa. Learn about the different components of ASK to create your first voice experience.
|Section 2: Building and Submitting Your Skill.|
Get up and running in just a few hours. We’ll show you how to build an Alexa skill using AWS Lambda, a compute service that makes it really easy to build a cloud-based service that responds quickly to a voice request.
User education and testing is an important part of building a voice experience. We give you the tips and tricks for submitting your skill, developing utterances and testing.
|Section 3: Voice Design Best Practices|
Voice is very different to touch-driven experiences. You may already have a successful app or website but that doesn’t necessarily equate to a great voice user interface. Learn the best practices for voice design and how to maximize usability of your voice experience.
Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice. Examples of skills include the ability to play music, answer general questions, set an alarm or timer, and more.
The Alexa Skills Kit is a collection of self-service APIs, tools, documentation and code samples that make it fast and easy for you to add skills to Alexa. You can also use the Smart Home Skill API, a new addition to the Alexa Skills Kit, to easily teach Alexa how to control your cloud-controlled lighting and thermostat devices. All of the code runs in the cloud – nothing is on any user device.
In our courses, you will learn how to build engaging voice experiences.