New Amazon tool lets users customize Alexa's responses

Amazon's making it easy for people to tinker with their own Alexa skills.                  Ian Knighton  CNET

Amazon's making it easy for people to tinker with their own Alexa skills. Ian Knighton CNET

New Alexa Skill Blueprints allow you to create your own personalized Alexa skills, even if you don't know how to code.

The skill could take any form including a custom joke response to an Alexa question like "who's the best dad in the world", and loads of others, The Verge reports.

Amazon is making it easier to tinker with Alexa. You can create your own family trivia game Skill, for instance, instead of using the existing Jeopardy! Amazon did not indicate if or when the feature would be available in other regions.

So far the now available Blueprints categories are At Home, Featured, Fun & Games, Learning & Knowledge, and Storyteller, though as mentioned above Amazon plans to continually launch more blueprints over time so users should expect more categories to pop up as well at some point, as these are just the ones which are available alongside the launch of Alexa Blueprints today.

We think it's the "Storyteller" class of Blueprints that has the most potential.

I'm a luddite when it comes to our future AI overlords, but when I saw how fun Amazon Alexa Skill Blueprints were, I gave in. If it's your first time using a template, follow the step-by-step tutorial provided.

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After you've filled in your own content, you name it and publish with a click.

The skills you create can be very straightforward or somewhat complex.

Amazon just released a new way for Alexa users to customize their experience with the virtual assistant. Or, just as you ask Alexa to turn off the lights, now she can show your security camera feed.
The Echo Spot is diminutive in size, but not in power.

You will be able to customize diverse questions along with personal answers as well as responses.

The Echo Spot include Amazons second generation far-field technology with four microphones, acoustic beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation which Amazon says allows the Echo Spot to hear you from across the room. Any user can program custom responses to specific questions or commands without any coding or tech skills being required.

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