A skill is nothing but what your device can do for you, and the Amazon devices are equipped with Alexa skills. These are things that the device can do inherently and you can always add to the skills kit by putting forth new queries. Some of the different skill types include;
Smart Home skill API
Video skill API
Flash Briefing skill API
Now, why don’t we have a look at the various Alexa skills specific to each of the above-mentioned categories.
For this type of a skill, the user must make sure that your device understands the request that you put forward to it. Therefore, you must define it; some common commands which fall under this skill type are;
Order a burger
Book a taxi
Play puzzles with the user
Look up information regarding the weather
Each of these requests will then be re-directed to intent which was earlier defined by the user of the device. For example, you can define intents such as OrderFood or BookACab which will be invoked by keywords that contain phrases similar to the intent.
There are hundreds of Alexa skills available for download for your Echo device and some sample ones are discussed here.
Delivery and Takeout
Pumpkin Spice Tracker
This is the best place for seasonal beverages and you can let Echo help you order one for you. And the skill gets invoked when you use the key phrase, “Pumpkin Spice tracker”.
By simply asking Alexa, “Open Denny’s”, place an order for your favorite Denny’s meals. Once you reach them, you can place an order using the guided process.
Yet another food skill that brings to you some excellent meals from their own choice. And “Tum tum” is the keyword that you ought to use to invoke this particular skill.
Do you want to check the exact temperature of something that’s cooking in your kitchen? Then, use the FireBoard skill which is one of the Alexa skills under the Smart home category.
Enable this skill on the Alexa app and then, make interactions with your lights, rooms or colors more interesting. The skill is invoked by simple commands that involve your household items.
Smart Door Lock
You can turn any door into a smart door with the help of this skill after which you can use simple commands such as “Open the door guard” to invoke the skill.
How to Enable an Alexa Skill
You can enable Alexa skills with the help of our easy guidelines given herein;