Alexa Blueprints allow you to create simple Skills without coding

Alexa Blueprints allow you to create simple Skills without coding

You'll need to sign in with your Amazon account in order to get started, as the responses are kept private to your own Amazon Echo devices.

The new smart speaker comes in a smaller design compared to Amazon's other voice controlled devices, and includes a circular display screen to complement Alexa, the smart assistant that powers Echo devices.

Following off the arrival of the Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus in February, Amazon are now bringing the Echo Spot to Australian customers. Amazon says that Echo Spot Devices will ship to customers and be available at retailers beginning 26 April, 2018. The partnership means Lennar can use the company's so-called Amazon "experts" and its newly introduced in-home service team for visiting homes.

You can even program Alexa's intro to the game, sound effects, and more.


Put an Echo Spot in each room so you can drop in on the kitchen to ask when dinner will be ready, or drop in on the family room to see how homework is going.

Any blueprint-made skills you make will show up on the "Skills You've Made" section of the blueprints website. Echo Spot can also directly connect to speakers through Bluetooth or using a 3.5mm stereo cable, enabling you to add Alexa to your home entertainment system. Security is a still a concern and allowing the retail giant to create a network of Alexa-powered products collecting data in a large numbers of homes, without privacy issues ironed out, for the sake of remaining competitive in selling homes seems risky. While the new addition of Alexa Skill Blueprints does open up to some jovial fun, it is also open to abuse with people setting up the voice assistant to offer incorrect responses in households.

The Echo Spot in available in black or white and is available for pre-orders starting today for $199 (RRP) on amazon.com.au/echospot and at select retailers such as JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, and Myer.

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